As hectic discussions continued in the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) on the Indian Union Muslim League's demand for a fifth berth in the State Cabinet, IUML leader and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the government guest house here for 10 minutes on Tuesday morning before they proceeded to attend their scheduled public functions in the district.
The meeting assumed political significance against the backdrop of the confabulations among UDF leaders. The meeting triggered media speculation that the Chief Minister could have informed Mr. Kunhalikutty of the Congress stand on the League's demand. Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph and K. Sudhakaran, MP, were present when the two met. What transpired at the meeting was not known as the leaders remained tight-lipped.
Mr. Chandy declined to respond to questions from mediapersons. Mr. Kunhalikutty termed the meeting as casual. He, however, exuded hope that the issues relating to the IUML's demand would be solved in two days. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Parassinikkadavu here in the morning, he said that no alternative proposal was discussed.
The IUML leader distanced the party leadership from the protests staged by IUML workers in some parts of the State against the UDF leadership over the issue. He said such protests were not appropriate and should be avoided.