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Chandy unhappy over Chennithala’s ‘solo declaration’

Chandy unhappy over Chennithala’s ‘solo declaration’

New Delhi: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that the declaration of KPCC Chennithala in Delhi that he would not join the state government as a minister was not an official declaration by the party but an announcement by the KPCC chief himself.

“I am not sure on what context Ramesh said it,” Chandy said adding he had conveyed his displeasure over this to the High Command.

“Ramesh’s announcement came while all were waiting for the decision of the High Command. He took the decision without my knowledge.” Chandy added he was bound to obey any decision taken by the High Command.

Chennithala announced on Friday that he would not join the ‘Oommen Chandy government’ after hectic discussions which went on for nearly a week between Chandy, Chennithala, senior leader A.K. Antony and representatives of the party's high command — the Congress president's political secretary, Ahmed Patel, and the AICC General Secretary (in-charge of Kerala) Mukul Wasnik.

"When the new government was formed under the leadership of Chandy, I was very reluctant to join it. I'd categorically stated that I was not interested in joining the government," Chennithala said after his meeting with Gandhi. He met the party president hours after Chandy had held discussions with her separately.

"I'm a staunch Congress loyalist. I will not compromise with my party's interest for a ministerial berth... But I am pained, because my name has been unnecessarily dragged into a controversy. I feel that was unnecessary. It was unwarranted," Chennithala said.

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