Kochi: As Kerala Congress (M) leader and state Finance Minister K M Mani's recent comment on coalitions triggered speculations about his continuance in the UDF, CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanananda Tuesday wooed him to the LDF.
"We will happily welcome Mani," Achuthanananda told reporters here.
As Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, he would not oppose any such move, the Marxist leader said.
On whether Communist Marxist Party (CMP) led by M V Raghavan and JSS led by K R Gowri would also be welcomed into CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front, Achutanandan said let those parties make their stand clear on the issue.
However, reacting to Achuthanandan's offer, Mani said he had no plans of leaving the UDF.
Mani's remarks that "coalition relationships are not permanent" had triggered speculations that he was unhappy with the UDF.
Speaking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, Mani said he had made the comment only on ideological basis on queries about relationships of parties in a coalition.
Thanking Achuthanandan for his offer, Mani said such a thought (of leaving the UDF) had not crossed his mind.
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said in Kozhikode that Achutanandan's offer was only based on speculations as Kerala Congress (M) was still with the UDF.
Mani was one of the senior most leaders of the UDF and most respected, he said.
Kerala Congress (M) leader and Water Resources Minister P J Joseph dismissed as hypothetical a question about leaving the UDF.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the UDF was united and there was no issue in the ruling front.
Talking to reporters after a special cabinet meeting here, Chandy said UDF functioned on the basis of certain programmes.
The Congress, which leads the UDF, always takes other partners into confidence, Chandy said.