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Cracks developing in ruling Cong-IUML alliance in Kerala

After hard bargaining over ministerial posts created strains between them, relations between the Congress and the IUML - the two largest parties in Kerala’s ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) - are again tense after a Congress leader’s criticism.

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which has been a part of the UDF since 1985, was irate after state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala last week said it has been the history of the IUML to always demand extra. An hour after he made the statement at a party meeting, Chennithala sought to clarify that his comment had nothing to do with the present relations between the two parties, but he was just repeating what his predecessor said many years back. The very next day, IUML’s top brass went into a huddle to discuss the issue and even considered boycotting the weekly cabinet meeting being held every Wednesday, before deciding against the abrupt move.

‘Everyone has self-respect and please do not be under the impression that the IUML does not have any other place to go. All in the UDF have equal responsibility towards the UDF dispensation.  ‘The comments made by a few top Congress leaders (Aryadan Mohammed and K.Muraleedharan) were unwarranted...,’ said a peeved party general secretary K.P.A. Majeed.
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