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Not been given ticket from Ernakulam Lok Sabha seat: KV Thomas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior K V Thomas Saturday said he has been denied party ticket from the seat and accused the party of injustice.

The former Union minister, who has represented the constituency five times, was talking to reporters after a meeting of the Central Election Committee here, chaired by

The Congress, however, has not not made its list public.

Thomas said he is not retiring from public life and will chart his course soon in case the party does not want his services.

The senior party has held several key portfolios in the Congress-led government and till some time ago was the of the (PAC).

Thomas has also been a member of the state assembly twice.

"I am shocked and pained. Injustice is done to me. I am not part of any group. I will continue in active politics," he told reporters.

"I don't know what mistakes I have committed (for being denied the seat). I am 72 now, that is not my mistake," Thomas said.

The former said he had taken all necessary steps for facing elections and he hoped the party would tell him his mistakes.

"If the party doesn't want my service, I have clear views on how to go about in social and political life," he said.

Asked whether he would join the BJP, if invited by it, he said, "I haven't taken any such decision. This is not the time to take such a decision. I was born in a family."

He said he was always grateful to who made him a in the government and of the PAC during the NDA rule.

The CPI(M) has fielded its state secretariat member and former Rajya Sabha P Rajeev from LS seat.

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

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 23:40 IST