KM Mani, the leader of Kerala Congress (Mani), on Sunday announced that his party will be leaving the state's United Democratic Front (UDF) coalition.
On Saturday evening, Mani indicated that the party will remain a separate block in the state Assembly. He also said that the foundation of a political front is based on trust, mutual love and help.
"If those are missing what is the use. We have got only suffering and contempt being in the UDF," Mani said on Saturday in an address to his party workers at a camp in Pathanamthitta district.
Mani, whose party has been having a tense relationship with the Congress, said his party will hereon give only issue-based support to the UDF.
He added that the party will follow the policy of equidistance-keep equal distance from both the UDF and the Left Democratic Front (LDF). "We have been with the UDF for the last three decades. Now time has come to re-examine our stand," Mani said.
The opposition UDF in Kerala is led by the Congress party, which has the maximum seats in the coalition. Former Kerala chief minister, the Congress party's Oommen Chandy, said Mani's decision is unfortunate.
Mani's move will prove to be a setback for the Congress, as the opposition's clout will now be weakened both inside and outside the state assembly.