The only thing I liked about DIC(K) was it’s election symbol. The TV. So tempting. When I do stand for my election in 2014 from somewhere along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the blackberry will be my election symbol. Maybe people there would vote for me out of curiosity to what it is.
DIC(K) was a blunder to start with. Fuelled solely on opportunism, the father and son duo of Karnakuran and Muraleedharan made a stratigic blunder when they decided to break away from the Congress in Kerala.
There are several political parties in Kerala but only two fronts, the Congress led UDF and the Communits’ led LDF. No other party (including the BJP) has been able to make an impact. Often the vote margin (swing) is less than five percent.
In the past one year the DIC(K) has supported and opposed both fronts and finally decided to go it alone. Now they want to merge with Sharad Pawar’s NCP. As of today most of their leaders including General Secs, Vice Presidents and senior members have left to rejoin the congress.
I don’t think Murleedharan will ever be elected from Kerala. It’s game over for him. His only asset was the legacy his dad left behind, now he has wrecked that too.
Maybe now I should apply for the TV symbol now?
Opposing his party`s decision to merge with Sharad Pawar-led NCP, DIC(K) state Vice-President and former Kerala Minister P Sankaran on Wednesday announced that he was quitting the party and returning to the Congress.
“The DIC(K)`s decision to merge with the NCP is against the very principles on which the party was formed. Also, this is an attempt to join hands with the Left forces,” he told a press conference here.
Democratic Indira Congress (K) leader K Karunakaran and Pawar led the first round of talks here last night on the former`s merger with the NCP.
Accusing the leadership of not even discussing the merger issue at the party level, Sankaran said several functionaries, including DIC(K) district Vice-President E K Gopalakrishnan and General Secretary M K Sahadevan, had also decided to join the Congress along with him.
“It is better to remain in a party with respect without enjoying any position,” he said on his decision to return to Congress with which he was associated till Karunakaran decided to part ways with Sonia Gandhi-led party to form the DIC(K).
Meanwhile, welcoming Sankaran`s decision, Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy said the Congress was prepared to take back all those who decide to return to the fold. “This is the most opportune time for all those who have left to have a rethinking and return to the Congress.”
Those who return would be treated with dignity, the ex-CM said.