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Thomas asks old colleagues to merge their parties to fight BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Veteran leader K V Thomas today made a strong call to his former party colleagues including chief and Chief Minister to merge their outfits with the grand old party to take on the

However, in a situation where they do not want to unite their parties with the Congress, he said an alliance can be formed of the non-parties which can be headed by while the party can move forward under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.

"All old congressman including Sharad Pawar, and YSR chief Jaganmohan Reddy should join us to fight the on the national front. But the best option is to merge their parties with the Congress," Thomas told reporters.

All former leaders should come back to their old party to take on BJP's surge, he added.

"Soniaji has done a wonderful job during the UPA-1 and UPA-2, and most of these non-parties have worked with her.

"Now for a national cause all the non-parties which believe in democratic principles and secularism should come together under the leadership of Mrs Gandhi to take on the saffron party," the former Union Minister said.

In the past, left parties have worked with us, is still their principle opposition party in Kerala, Thomas said, adding "I feel on national front we can come together".

He said all these parties should come together not only for the elections but on the various issues which dominate the national discourse.

The recent state assembly elections have proved that the is a party which can take on the at the national level, Thomas said, adding that out of five states, people had voted his party to power in Punjab.

While in two states--Goa and Manipur, people voted to bring the into power but the being power at the Centre used its machinery to form the governments in these two states.

Thomas, an outgoing Public Accounts Committee chief, says that he stand by his statement that Prime Minister can be called in front of the parliamentary panel.

The PAC is a mini parliament, it is an institution and the Prime Minister is first among equals but he can be summoned before it.

Citing an old rule to defend his contention, he said, the rule that empowers the PAC to summon a Cabinet minister, including the Prime Minister, has supremacy over a contrary direction of the Speaker.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of demonetisation, Thomas said he shocked the country with his decision.

The demonetisation was aimed to prevent the corruption but the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 currency notes are still coming to the market in bulk and the black money and corruption is as rampant as earlier, he claimed.

He also criticised Modi over handling of situation in Kashmir.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 18:13 IST