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Cong in Kerala to decide on merger issue of KC factions: Antony

Refusing to be drawn into the row over accommodating Kerala Congress leader P J Joseph into the Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF),senior Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony today said the issue would be decided by the state party leadership.

india Updated: May 01, 2010 21:43 IST
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Refusing to be drawn into the row over accommodating Kerala Congress leader P J Joseph into the Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF),senior Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony today said the issue would be decided by the state party leadership.

"The Congress leadership in Kerala is well capable of deciding the issue and I do not want to comment on it," Antony
told reporters when they sought his reaction on the political developments in Kerala after Joseph decided to quit the LDF ministry as part of merging his party with the K M Mani led Kerala Congress faction yesterday.

KPCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala and Opposition leader Oommen Chandy had expressed reservation over accommodating the
Joseph faction into the UDF insisting that the matter should be deliberated with the constituent member parties.

Terming the merger of Kerala Congress factions as an internal matter of the party, K M Mani had stated that the
issue need not have to be discussed among the UDF constituent parties for the moment.

Antony was here to attend a public function.