Allies concerned about internal strifes in UDF ahead of polls


Major allies in UDF including Muslim League and RSP are concerned whether the new controversies will destroy the advantage they have against the government.

K. Muraleedharan and Benny Behanan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The UDF allies are concerned over Benny Behanan resigning the convenor post and K. Muraleedharan quitting the campaign committee chairman post.

The opposing parties have turned the two resignations into a weapon against the UDF. Following this, major allies in the front including Muslim League and RSP are concerned whether the new controversies will destroy the advantage they have against the government. There has been a common directive to solve the issues immediately.



It is observed that the recent issues are the latest episode of internal conflicts in UDF that occurs before any election. It is learned that the conflicts will adversely affect allies in the front more than Congress themselves.

The allegations and protests by Opposition parties over issues including the gold smuggling case, K. T. Jaleel and the Life Mission project had been major talking points recently. But it is in this situation that two important MPs resigned their party posts.

It was explained that the resignations are to maintain the party policy of one person, one post. However, statements from the leaders indicated that internal conflicts resulted in them quitting their party posts.

While speaking to the media, K. Muraleeedharan MP said that there was no coordination within the party and that he was learning about many of the matters from the media. K. Muraleeedharan went on to say that he was not disclosing his objections as he was not interested in a blame game.

The voices of dissent in Congress is coming out at a time when the panchayat and Assembly polls are round the corner and when allies including Muslim League are becoming active in their campaign activities.

Dispute between groups within Congress is cited as the reason behind Benny Behanan’s resignation. Behanan was elected UDF convenor as he was the most trusted member of former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. However, Benny Behanan is disliked by both the A and I groups of Congress. During the reorganisation of the party, there was a demand to replace Benny Behanan with M. M. Hassan. This led to Benny Behanan’s resignation.

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