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RS seat handed over to KC(M); Congress gag on leaders

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvagnanthapuram 

: Red-faced over open criticism by its leaders on the decision to forego the Rajya Sabha seat in favour of KC(M), in today put a gag on its leaders from airing their opinions in public.

The KPCC at its meeting here also resolved to implement a code of conduct to end controversial statements from party leaders and workers "that will demean the party" and take stern action against those violating the guidelines.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Pradesh Committee M M Hassan said that the meeting authorised him to prepare the code of conduct.

The meeting,he said,viewed with seriousness the criticism over the RS seat being allotted to (M) and assured that any decision on such issues in future would be taken collectively after discussions with others.

Hassan said that he and in the assembly informed the meeting that the decision to give the seat to KC(M) was taken with a view to strengthen UDF.

The June 7 decision of the Congress to hand over the lone RS seat to KC-M as a condition for its return to the Front after it snapped ties two years ago had triggered strong protests from a section of party leaders in the state.

Congress leader and P J Kurien and former KPCC V M Sudheeran were in the forefront in attacking the decision, which, they alleged, had been taken without taking the party into confidence.

Sudheeran and Kurien had stated that the decision lacked transparency and was taken by Chandy, Chennithala and KPCC M M Hassan without any consultations in the party.

Polling for the biennial election for three Rajya Sabha seats from the state is scheduled for June 21.

These seats will fall vacant on July 1 when the terms of P J Kurien of the Congress, C P Narayanan of the CPI-M and of end.

Mani is currently the lone (M) member in the Lok Sabha.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:45 IST