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Conspiracy to tarnish my secular image: Chennithala

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Thiruvananthapuram: Reacting sharply to the virulent attack on the state government by the Nair Service Society (NSS), KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala alleged that there had been conspiracy to tarnish his secular image.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, Ramesh Chennithala said it was unfortunate that he was being branded as a leader of the Nair community.

"There is a conspiracy to question my secular credentials. I have clarified that I am not interested in being in this government's cabinet. What Nair said is his opinion. Social leaders should see that they draw a line when making statements," Chennithala told reporters.

“No political agreement has been made between the NSS and the KPCC,” he said.

Soon after Chennithala's press conference, NSS general secretary G. Sukumaran Nair told reporters that his statement was most unfortunate.

"Who is he to ask social group leaders to speak in any particular fashion? Before the assembly polls (April 2011), an agreement was reached that Chandy would be the nominee of the minority community and Chennithala would be the majority community's nominee," Nair said.

The NSS has been up in arms as it has felt that the majority Hindus and Nairs have been left out from plum cabinet and other crucial posts.

The NSS leader had Sunday accused the Congress-led UDF Government led by Oommen Chandy of "upsetting the communal balance" in governance and made a strong pitch for installing KPCC chief Ramesh Chen nithala in a key position in the ministry.

Addressing the 'Nair Mahasammelanam" organised here by the NSS, Nair had alleged the Congress leadership went back on the promises it made to the outfit on the eve of 2011 assembly polls.

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