The leader of the Congress (I) Party, Sita Ram Kesri, has intensified his efforts to split the minority United Front coalition Government ahead of next week's crucial vote of confidence in Parliament. Mr Kesri, who plunged India into political chaos at the weekend by withdrawing his party's support to the Front and staking his own claim for power, yesterday hinted he might review his decision if H. D. Deve Gowda resigned as Prime Minister. 'We are not against the 13 parties. We are against Deve Gowda,' Mr Kesri said, after the conclusion of informal talks between Congress leaders and the Government aimed at resolving the impasse. Political analysts interpreted Mr Kesri's statement as a strategic ploy aimed at undermining support for Mr Gowda, whose administration has been blamed by Congress for misrule and a breakdown of law and order. But a spokesman for Mr Deve Gowda's centrist Janata Dal party, S. Jaipal Reddy, said the Congress leader's remarks stemmed from his own insecurity over his political future. 'We will not compromise on the United Front's leadership . . . even if takes us to breaking point.' Unless Congress can engineer a split within the United Front, it has no chance of getting the numbers required to win the vote of confidence scheduled for April 11 and thus avoid an early election. In a tense game of political one-upmanship, the United Front has for the moment thrown its weight behind Mr Deve Gowda in the hope Congress itself will ultimately split if its game-plan falters. Meanwhile, the Tamil Maanila Congress, a minority government partner, met to formulate its response the crisis. It split from Congress a year ago and moves by its leader, G. K. Moopanar, are being carefully watched. Mr Kesri is gambling on Mr Moopanar returning to the Congress fold, creating a domino effect for other parties. Mr Kesri is believed to have offered to make Mr Moopanar president of a reunited Congress if his 20 MPs dump the United Front. The politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) began a two-day emergency meeting. With 32 seats in Parliament, it is the second largest party in the coalition.