The demand to keep CPI(M) at bay was made at the KPCC Executive meeting, attended by Gandhi and all senior leaders with speakers terming the Left party as "undependable" and accusing it of pursuing politics of violence.

However, Gandhi in his speech did not touch on the subject but sent a clear signal to party workers and leaders to end infighting and bickering in the state unit.

CPI-M leaders in West Bengal have been pushing for a tie-up with Congress to oust the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC while the Pradesh Congress leaders are divided over the issue.

Gandhi asked the Congress leaders in Kerala to fight the coming assembly polls shedding their differences and said it was "not the time to fight" amongst themselves.

Expressing confidence that the UDF would retain power in the state, which is also going to polls along with West Bengal, Gandhi said there was only one thing -- "CPI(M) cannot defeat Congress, Congress can defeat Congress party".

Gandhi said, "Senior leaders in the state are exceptionally talented. What one does not have, others have. They together are much more powerful than alone. They have their strength and weaknesses. They have to stay together.

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