Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Cherian Philip has sought pardon for his involvement in the ‘mission’ of bringing down veteran Congress leader K Karunakaran as the Chief Minister of the state in 1994.
In a Facebook post appeared on his wall on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of Karunakaran’s death, Philip said he is apologizing for an incident that took place in 1994-95 as the guilty-feeling has been haunting him even after twenty long years.
“Today (Wednesday) is the fifth anniversary of K Karunakaran’s death. I issue a public apology for partially being a part of the heinous action of bringing him down as the Chief Minister. The guilty-feeling is still haunting me. That is why this apology on his death anniversary,” the post reads.
After taking charge as the Chief Minister in 1991 for the fourth term, Karunakarna resigned on 16 March 1994, making way for his bete noire Antony to become chief minister, following factional political tactics. It was said that the “A” faction of the Congress was plotting to bring down the veteran leader.
After the resignation, Karunakaran was on the warpath with the Government led by his own party and the party high command. After a series of unsuccessful attempts to regain supremacy in the Kerala wing of the Congress, the dissidents led by him landed up in the bad books of the Congress high command.