Union minister of state for labour Kodikkunnil Suresh has opined that no political front can rule Kerala without the help of Nair Service Society. Media reports say that Kodikkunnil categorically said at Kollam that no government can rule Kerala without taking into account the opinion of Nair Service Society
Kodikkunnil Suresh is a Lok Sabha member from Mavelikkara where Nairs constitute more than 25 per cent of voters. He is the latest Congress leader to come out with support to Nair Service Society in its fight with Congress Kerala leadership over the alleged failure of Congress to implement an understanding it had with Congress.. If Congress had an understanding with NSS it should be implemented, said Suresh, according to a Malayala Manorama report.
Suresh’s opinion which comes after the decision of CPM to woo constituents of Congress lead United Democratic Front is viewed by political pundits in Kerala as a sign of fear in Congress of a possible reversal of fortunes of the party in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Congress leaders seem to have realized that a Nair back lash following hostility with NSS combined with the event of some coalition partner leaves UDF and Nair Service Society will result in total rout of Congress in Kerala.
While Kerala Chief Minister Ommen Chandy, Congress spokesman and PC Chacko have denied any understanding with NSS, leaders like P.J Kurien and Vayalar Ravi have said that there was an exchange of ideas between NSS and Congress leadership and there seems to have been an understanding.
Kodikunnil said even the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru had discussed issues with NSS and took into consideration its opinion. None can come to power antagonizing NSS, he added.
Congress leaders in Kerala are likely to come out with support to NSS in the coming days. Meanwhile if NSS is firm in its opinion not have any understanding with Congress in the future it is likely to make things tough for the party in the coming days.