Mani C. Kappan | Photo: G Shivprasad
New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Mani C. Kappan reiterated that he will contest in Pala seat in the upcoming Assembly election.
Addressing the media after a meeting with national president Sharad Pawar on Thursday, Mani C. Kappan said that a decision regarding changing the front will be taken after discussions between Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel.
When media persons asked what he would do if the LDF denies him the Pala seat, Mani C. Kappan said that his answer could be guessed by the media.
During the meeting with Sharad Pawar, T. P. Peethambaran Master informed about the current political situation in Kerala. Matters including changing the front were discussed. However, it is learned that the NCP national leadership has doubts in this regard.
At present the confusion is regarding whether NCP should leave LDF even if CPI (M) takes over the Pala seat and humiliates them. The NCP national leadership has decided to hold detailed discussions over the matter until Praful Patel returns from Doha. T. P. Peethambaran Master and Mani C. Kappan have been asked to remain in Delhi until then.
Evaluations that the LDF could retain power in Kerala is the source of NCP’s confusions. The NCP national leadership is of the view that changing fronts at this stage would adversely affect the party. Meanwhile, A. K. Saseendran faction is firm on their stance against changing the front.