No Decision yet on Deputy CM

Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala today failed to reach a consensus on the induction of KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala into the Oommen Chandy ministry in the rank of Deputy Chief Minister. The Indian Union Muslim League, major ally cautioned Congress against taking a unilateral decision on creating the post of Deputy Chief Minister. The Muslim League, as the second largest party in the coalition, is of the strong opinion that it has the first claim to the post. The Muslim League leadership does not have any objection to the entry of Mr. Chennithala into the Oommen Chandy Cabinet. At the same time, it does not want to give up the privileged slot it had held long back. IUML leaders P.K. Kunhalikutty, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, and K.P.A. Majeed met Mr. Chandy on Thursday. Another major UDF partner Kerala Congress (M) took a soft approach on the matter that has been troubling Congress as well as the ruling alliance as a whole. In the UDF meeting, Chandy admitted that there was no consensus on the Dy CM post.

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