Deve Gowda's claims Kerala CM approved JD(S)–BJP in Karnataka creates stir
The statement has stirred a huge controversy in Kerala political circles with the Congress alleging that the Left is hand in glove with the BJP
Kerala JD(S) leader K Krishnankutty on Friday (October 20) firmly refuted the statement JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda made a day ago claiming that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had greenlit his party's alliance with the BJP in Karnataka to protect its interests. Gowda's statement has stirred a political row in Kerala.
Opposing the national leadership's association with the BJP, Krishnankutty also emphasised the state unit's commitment to maintaining its alliance with the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). “I met him (Deve Gowda) along with our state president Mathew T Thomas, MLA, and informed him about our objection to joining the BJP. The state party unit stands by the earlier decision to stand firm with the Left party in Kerala,” Krishnankutty said. Krishnankutty is also a minister in the LDF government in Kerala.
The opposition Congress alleged that the JD(S) revelation had established an undercurrent between the ruling CPI(M) and the BJP in Kerala.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala today said this is further evidenced by Krishnankutty's continued presence in the cabinet.
The CPI(M) state leadership is yet to officially react on the issue.
Earlier, the Kerala JD(S) unit had rejected the central leadership's decision to join the NDA, opting to stand firmly with the LDF in the state.
This decision was made clear after a state committee meeting held in Kochi on October 7, where JD(S) Kerala president Mathew T Thomas underscored that the high command's announcement lacked prior discussion within any party forum.
On Thursday, Gowda, a former Prime Minister, had asserted that all state units of the JD(S), including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Maharashtra, had provided their consent to align with the BJP. “In Kerala, we are part of the government and our MLA is a minister there. These units understood the situation that made us go with the BJP and supported our move. Our minister in the Left party's government (K Krishnankutty) in Kerala has given consent to us,” he said.
“Kerala’s Left government's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has given full concurrence to move forward in Karnataka with the BJP to save the party. This is the position,” Gowda claimed.
(With agency inputs)