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'Kerala unit to decide on tie-up with Karunakaran'

Congress President Sonia Gandhi categorically stated that the DIC-K issue is to be decided by the local unit.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 19:52 IST

The Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said it was upto the party's Kerala unit to take a decision on whether or not to have any tie-up with the K Karunakaran-led Democratic Indira Congress (DIC-K).

Sonia Gandhi said this to editors of four Malaylam newspapers and a television channel, who met her informally for nearly 35 minutes this morning, AICC secretary Tom Vadakkan told reporters in Kochi.

The Congress President categorically stated that the "DIC-K issue is to be decided by the local unit.

"The central leadership will come at a later stage. The Kerala unit has to take a decision', Vadakkan, who was also present at the meeting, said.

Gandhi also said that she had seen the 'enthusiasm of the party workers at the rally and believed that this must be carried forward in the election', Vadakkan said.

Asked about the AICC stand on the DIC-K issue, he said 'we would like to look at things as presented to us by our state unit, as they are the 'eyes and ears' of the party here. We will definitely be guided by our unit'.

The DIC-K issue has prominently figured in the ongoing Congress state conference, being held after an 18-year gap.

The party sources say that opinion is divided on the DIC-K issue.

"But everyone was aware that if Karunakaran's party puts up candidates in all the 140 constituencies, it would only eat into the Congress votes'.

"We do hope that passions apart, the cold-blooded logic of electoral politics would prevail at the end of the day', the sources said.