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Sudhakaran rebuffs reports of feud in Congress

Sudhakaran rebuffs reports of feud in Congress

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader K Sudhakaran MP Thursday rebuffed reports that the ‘I’ group was raising a war in the Congress demanding chief minister post to KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala.

“We haven’t asked for chief minister post to Chennithala. There is no need to induct him in the cabinet as long as he remains to lead the KPCC,” he said at a press conference here.

Sudhakaran came down heavily on media for creating confusion among the people reporting false news.

It was reported that the ‘I’ faction in the Congress has taken up efforts to insert Chennithala into the chief minister post. The feud in Congress over the issue has been doing the rounds after the possibility of the latter's entry into the state cabinet with a plum portfolio got dimmed.

The ‘I’ faction leaders had held an unofficial meeting in Thiruvananthapuram Wednesday. According to leaders, there was an ‘understanding’ in the party that Oommen Chandy would step down from the CM post to make way for Chennithala for the last two years of the government.

What has added a serious dimension to the rumblings over the matter in the last few days is a newspaper interview in which Chennithala had purportedly stated that it would be difficult for him to maintain the same smooth equation with Chandy since he felt that he had been insulted over the ministerial issue.

"The party-government axis will never be the same again. The Chief Minister can go his way and I will go my way. There will not be a compromise anymore," Ramesh told the paper.

When reporters sought his comments, Chennithala said: "I have not given any official interview to anybody", declining to entertain any further queries on the matter.

Political sources expect the Congress high command to intervene in the matter and settle the issue at the earliest as restoring organisational unity is the key in the run up to Lok Sabha polls.

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