Says party decision just a temporary annoyance for UDF
Addressing a press meet on Friday, Mr. Hassan said the JD(U) failed to reciprocate the ‘political decency shown by the United Democratic Front.’ The JD(U) had left the LDF ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha election alleging that the LDF had insulted it by denying the Kozhikode seat.
“The UDF not only gave refuge to the JD(U) then but also gave it a respectable position in the front. The party, which had only two MLAs, was given the prominent portfolio of Agriculture in the Cabinet. It was also given a Rajya Sabha seat,” he said.
JD(U)’s move would not affect the UDF in any way, said Mr. Hassan. “It’s just a temporary annoyance for us. The LDF should be careful about accepting a party which takes such an opportunistic stand,” he said.
Though there were rumours about JD(U)’s entry to the LDF, party leaders had denied it all these days. The JD(U) leaders even accompanied the UDF’s Padayorukkam rally, led by Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala. “Now we know they were delaying the decision for political bargaining. JD(U) State president M.P. Veerendrakumar’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha was also part of horse-trade,” the KPCC chief said.
He said a ‘B’ team was functioning in the CPI(M), under the leadership of former party secretary Prakash Karat and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, which was hindering the formation of a common platform of secular-democratic parties against the BJP. Mr. Hassan expressed concern that the JD(U) would be part of that team.