Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Oommen Chandy said that nobody in UDF wanted to take the decision to oust Jose K Mani faction of Kerala Congress from the front. Such a decision was taken when the reliability of UDF was challenged, he said while addressing the media here.
"Jose K Mani faction did not follow the agreement. It was not a state-level issue. UDF leaders had made an agreement when a dispute occurred regarding the post of Kottayam district panchayat president. It was decided that the post of president will be served by Jose K Mani faction for 8 months and then P J Joseph faction for 6 months. When the agreement was broken, we had to oust them," Oommen Chandy said.
It took four months to resolve the issue. When all the attempts to settle the dispute failed, the reliability of UDF was challenged. Following this, the ouster was finalised. However, the door of UDF is not closed before anyone. If the agreement regarding the post of Kottayam district panchayat president is reconsidered, discussions can be held again, he made it clear.
"When we informed the decision to Jose K Mani, we expected a favourable move from him. But he reacted the opposite way. We have not forgotten the contributions of K M Mani to UDF. All of us want them to compromise by following the previous agreement. There is scope for discussions and all allies of UDF want it," Oommen Chandy stated.