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RS seat: Chandy says he welcomes Kurien's move to approach bosses

Press Trust of India  |  Kottayam (Ker) 

Oommen Chandy, who has been criticised for giving up a seat to the (M), today said he welcomed senior P J Kurien's move to approach the party high command against him over the issue.

"It's a good decision. will get correct the information because the knows everything," told reporters here, a day after threatened to complain about to the top leadership.

It was widely expected the Congress would put up its own candidate for the seat, currently held by deputy chairman Kurien, who is set to retire on July 1.

But in an unexpected move, the RS seat was offered to the KC(M), paving the way for the party's return to the

Reiterating his charges against the former chief minister, had said yesterday he would inform the Congress high command about Chandy's alleged personal agenda against him.

"Chandy's personal agenda has ultimately cost a seat to the party," Kurien had said at his residence in Thiruvalla.

The party has been witnessing unprecedented protests from within the ranks, with a section accusing Chandy, of the Opposition and KPCC M M Hassan of taking a "unilateral decision" on the issue.

While party workers and leaders including former V M Sudheeran have alleged that and the others had "surrendered the party's seat and pride" before the KC(M), the senior leaders maintained it was a "one-time settlement" to strengthen the party-led UDF ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year.

Attacking the state party leadership, especially Chandy, Sudheeran had yesterday said party workers felt they had been cheated.

The senior had also alleged that the decision lacked transparency.

Two young Congress MLAs,V T Balaram and K S Sabarinathan, who were among those who asked to reconsider the decision, again expressed their displeasure over the matter.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 14:25 IST