Strong resentment among Congress leaders in Kerala over the party's decision to forego its Rajya Sabha seat in favour of the KC(M) had its echo in the party's political affairs committee meeting here today.
They targeted AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC President M M Hassan, believed to be mainly responsible for the party's decision to forego the lone RS seat in favour of Kerala Congress (M) as a condition for its return to the Front after it snapped ties two years ago.
Chennithala explained the circumstances that led to the decision and said it was taken with a view to strengthen UDF and also to have a larger platform of secular and democratic forces to take on BJP at the Centre and LDF in the state.
A former KPCC chief,Chennithala said decisions on matters like this in future would be taken after discussions in party fora such as the political affairs committee,the sources said.
Chandy was not present as he had to leave for Andhra Pradesh as part of a scheduled programme, they said.
The sources said the meeting also asked all Congress workers not to make statements in public or through social media, on party matters as that would adversely affect the image of the party.
A section of Congress leaders in Kerala were shocked over the decision as it was widely expected that the party would put up its own candidate for the seat, now held by Kurien.
However, in an unexpected move, as part of UDF formula, the RS seat was offered to KC(M), paving the way for its return to the front on June 7.
Meanwhile, KC(M) candidate Jose K Mani filed his papers as the UDF opposition nominee for the June 21 biennial RS election from the state.
Chandy, Chennithala and IUML leader M K Muneer accompanied Mani when he filed his papers before Legislature Secretary V K Babu Prakash.
Mani, son of KC-M supremo K M Mani, is currently the lone Kerala Congress(M) member in the Lok Sabha.
Of these, the ruling LDF is in a position to win two and the UDF, one.
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