With Cong, says IUML amid Left overtures
WAYANAD: Amid apparent overtures by CPI(M)-led LDF, IUML supremo Sayyid Sadik Ali Shihab Thangal made it clear on Monday that there was no question of his party deviating from its responsibility to strengthen the Congress-led alliance in Kerala. Thangal, addressing the IUML Wayanad district council camp in Sultan Bathery, reiterated his party’s unwavering commitment to strengthening the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). He said that the party has numerous reasons to remain steadfast in its alliance with the UDF. His statement comes amid an alleged bid by the CPI(M)-led LDF to woo the key Congress ally into its fold. Days after IUML MLA and Malappuram district general secretary P Abdul Hameed was nominated to the Left-controlled director board of the Kerala State Co-operative Bank, now called Kerala Bank, Thangal said that this does not indicate a shift in the alliance. Highlighting the party’s role in ensuring unity and cooperation within the UDF coalition, the IUML supremo also rejected the speculation of a possible association with the LDF.