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DIC-K to contest all 140 seats

The Karunakaran-led party has ruled out going back to the Congress.
None | By Press Trust of India, Kochi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2006 08:14 PM IST

The Karunakaran-led Democratic Indira Congress on Monday ruled out going back to the Congress or fighting the assembly elections in Kerala on 'hand' symbol and said the DIC-K would field candidates in all the 140 constituencies.

The 10-month-old party would face the polls on its own 'television' symbol, Karunakaran told a convention of party workers.

"Even if we have to go it alone in the polls, we will fight the elections on our own symbol," he said as his supporters clapped and cheered him.

On the ongoing talks with Congress leaders in Thiruvananthapuram, he said the DIC-K was being asked to fight the elections on the their 'hand' symbol.

Karunakaran said even if he was offered the post of Prime Minister, he would not leave his followers.

The veteran leader said he had read reports stating that he would be going back to the Congress, but it was not true.

"When the DIC-K left the Congress 10 months ago, everyone said nothing would happen if Karunakaran left the party," he said.

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