'No thoughts of returning to Cong'
He said no one had held discussions with him with regard to returning to the Congress.india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 22:38 IST
Veteran leader K Karunakaran on Saturday said he was not harbouring any thoughts of returning to the Congress fold, certainly not "as long as Sonia Gandhi is the Congress President".
"As long as Sonia Gandhi is the Congress President, I will not even think of going back to the Congress," Karunakaran told reporters in Kochi.
"But if Priyanka or someone else is in charge of the Congress, I will consider it", he said in a lighter vein.
He said no one had held discussions with him with regard to returning to the Congress.
Karunakaran said the party at present was a "shadow" of its former self, when Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were at the helm of affairs. "The Congress-led UPA government has mortgaged our foreign policy and Non-aligned policy to the USA," he said.
Lashing out at Sonia Gandhi, he alleged she was not interested in the betterment of the Congress, but only in protecting her own interests. "She is not bothered about what happens to the Congress", Karunakaran said.
Giving a pat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Karunakaran said he was a "good man", but did not have power to take decisions on his own.
Defeating the Congress-led UDF in the coming assembly polls in Kerala was his "main agenda", for which his party -- the Democratic Indira Congress (DIC-k) -- was prepared to tie up with any party, except "communal forces", he said.
However, the priority would be to be with the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF), he said.