Though K.M. Mani is hell bent to take his party to the LDF camp, P.J. Joseph group may not follow the former as their experience with the LDF in the past has not been satisfactory. Ideological as well as personal reasons ultimately made Joseph leave the front and join Kerala Congress (M) and be part of the UDF.
In his own diplomatic and cautious reaction Joseph, while commenting on the article of Mani criticising the Congress as anti-farmer, said that when some of the points were raised, corrective steps taken. He said, “Congress does not have an anti-farmer stand. Whenever they took such stand we have corrected it”.
He has, according to sources, communicated to some of his colleagues that leaving the UDF at present would not be morally correct nor can it be explained to public politically. For K.M. Mani such a position taken by Joseph would make matters uncomfortable and his own bargaining position get weakened as Joseph has his own personal following in the party and the public. Mani’s move to take the party to the left camp before the announcement of the Chengannur bypoll will not be easy. At best he may have to move with a fractured Kerala Congress (Mani group).