K.M Mani says no mediation could change KC(M) decision

A day after Kerala Congress(M) severed its long-standing ties with UDF, party supremo K.M Mani on Monday said no mediation would help change its decision even as the Congress said talks for a patch up would be made only after discussions among partners.

“We have taken a decision not in the anticipation that it would lead to debate or discussion. We stand by our decision (to severe the ties with the UDF),” 82-year old Mani told.

He was responding to a question on the reported move by key UDF partner IUML to carry out a mediation effort.

“We welcome discussions. But on this issue, are mediation efforts just enough? …We have already taken a decision,” Mani, who has been sulking since being forced to quit as finance minister last year over the bar bribery scam, said.

He said KC(M) had nothing to fear as the party had proved its strength by fighting elections alone in the past.

Meanwhile, BJP started sending positive vibes to the KC(M), saying the saffron party has no “untouchability” towards the Mani-led party, which is wielding considerable clout among Syrian Catholic community in central Kerala.

Giving a jolt to the Congress, KC(M) on Sunday announced its decision to snap over three-decade old ties with UDF citing “humiliation” meted out by Congress.

(Agency)

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