Pala seat dispute: Both factions of NCP in scuffle
Kochi: As it is almost clear that the LDF is not likely to give them the Pala assembly seat, both factions in NCP started moves to strengthen their groups. The party is concerned as the official group led by MLA Mani C Kappan is likely to join the UDF. With this, both factions have started adding more district presidents and other leaders with them.
The party workers at regional level will be in trouble due to the issues in the party. There is no chance for a change in the political front prior to the local body polls. The MLAs will be disqualified as per the anti-defection law if they switched to another political front after winning the election with with the opposing party.
If the official group left the LDF with the permission of the national leadership, the MLAs in Saseendran faction who continue in LDF, will be in trouble. There are complaints that CPM is not considering the demands of NCP during seat discussions in local level.
The official group is planning to meet NCP national president Sharad Pawar this week. The national leadership has no objection in moving to UDF, if there are any chances of them coming into power.
The decision of state president T P Peethambaran Master to withdraw the suspension of general secretary Jayan Puthanpurakkal who was punished by the court in a fraud case, had led to a controversy.
When the party suspends someone pending investigation, the further actions should be taken on the basis of sub-committee report. The Saseendran faction alleged that the state president is taking decisions without discussing with others or following the party rules.