Kochi: The Nationalist Congress Party or NCP, a partner in the ruling Left and Democratic Front, has confirmed that the Kerala Congress (B) and some others had shown interest in a merger.
NCP state president T.P. Peethambaran said merger is not on the agenda as of now and a decision will be taken only after the party's organizational elections.
He also confirmed that A.K. Saseendran will return as NCP minister if a pending court verdict is in favor of him.
At the same time, Peethambaran came under attack in the NCP for holding discussions with the Congress (B) without a green signal from the party.
The general thinking in NCP is that no cooperation need to be considered with the Congress (B).
A Revolutionary Socialist Party-Leninist (RSP-L) legislator, Kovoor Kunjumon, meanwhile, raised the possibility of his party's merger with the NCP. He said it is for the state committee to decide on the merger. A merger has to be based on mutual trust. Much discussion hasn't taken place, told Manorama News, adding that there is no objection to any party.
Kunjumon made it clear that the RSP-L had demanded a minister's post. It is for the CPM and the LDF to decide on that. And the chief minister has to decide as to who should fill up the vacant slot in his cabinet.
Reports had emerged the other day that three MLAs had been in backdoor discussions targeting the ministerial post of NCP, which has only two MLAs, Saseendran and Thomas Chandy.
Both had been forced to resign over controversies and the slots were left vacant. The three MLAs tried to sneak in, considering the possibility of a situation where both Saseendran and Chandy are not cleared by courts.
The three MLAs had deployed intermediaries to talk to NCP. At the same time, Saseendran and Chandy are hopeful that they can return with clearance from the courts.