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Kozhikode: P.K. Kunhalikutty, Muslim League State general secretary, has said that with swift political changes taking place in the State, more MLAs and parties will leave the Left Democratic Front (LDF) after the local body polls.
At a meet-the-leader programme organised by the press club here on Monday, Mr. Kunhalikutty said the flow of leaders and parties towards the United Democratic Front (UDF) would intensify before the Assembly elections in 2011.
Manjalamkuzhi Ali's decision to resign as MLA was the latest in the disgruntlement brewing in the ruling front. It was up to Mr. Ali, who was elected from Mankada as an independent backed by the LDF, to decide whether to join the Congress or the League.
He said a trend similar to the political changes in West Bengal was taking shape in Kerala. However, the UDF would look into the merits and demerits before admitting anyone into its fold.
He said the wrong policies of the State government compelled many LDF partners to leave the coalition. Development of the State had become stagnant. Schemes being successfully implemented were those funded by the Centre.
Replying to queries, Mr. Kunhalikutty said the UDF had not become overloaded with new entrants. The front had not worked out a package to attract leaders or parties from its rival front.
He said the leaders of the Muslim League and the Indian National league would decide a course of action on the merger of the parties.
He alleged that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was forging electoral alliances with religious and fundamentalist outfits in the local body polls despite the party naming many of them as terrorist groups. The fear of defeat had forced the LDF even to have a tie-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party in some districts such as Thrissur.
He said there was nothing wrong in religious leaders commenting on the political or the social situation of the State.
The State could not overlook the contributions of the missionaries to the high literacy rate.
The young educated voters would pay no heed to the statements of the CPI(M) leaders against the Church.
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