Kerala Congress (M) supremo and former state finance minister KM Mani on Saturday asked his party's leaders to stay away from both the ruling LDF and the opposition UDF, given the political mash-up of coalition politcs in Kerala.
Mani said this while inaugurating the KC(M) state leaders' meeting at Charalkunnu Camp in Pathanamthitta. He said that his party had no need to pursue either of the fronts and would from now on maintain 'equidistance' from not just both, but also from other state political parties.
He thundered that no one need use pressure tactics to scare the party away and that history has proved that KC(M) was very much capable of holding its own in Kerala's political scenario.
Mani also expressed anguish at the humiliation that the party had to suffer as part of the UDF, and said that there was no longer any mutual trust among the constituents of UDF. KC(M) would side with whoever did the right thing for the state, he went on to add.
“So KC(M) from now should function as an independent bloc in the state legislative assembly. KC(M) will not pursue any party for favours,” Mani reiterated during the course of his speech.
Mani also exhorted his party leaders to retain their party's independence in the prevalent political scenario in the state. Meanwhile, former state Chief Minister and Indian National Congress leader (INC) Oommen Chandy chose not to react to Mani’s speech, saying he is yet to hear the transcript of the speech.