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KPCC not aware of agreement between NSS, Cong High Command

Posted on Jan 30, 10:41AM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 29 : Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Ramesh Chennithala today clarified that the KPCC was not aware of any agreement between the NSS and the Congress High Command over his induction into a key position in the UDF Ministry

Addressing a press conference here, the KPCC Chief said though his candidature was decided by the Congress High Command, the KPCC was not aware of any agreement, reportedly reached between the Nair Service Society (NSS) and the Congress High Command, during the previous assembly elections in the state to garner the support of the NSS

During the last assembly elections, the KPCC Chief contested the poll from the Haripad Assembly constituency and won the seat. It was reported that his candidature was decided by the High Command after reaching an agreement with the NSS by offering a key post in the upcoming UDF Government

Urging community organisations not to interfere in Congress affairs, he said the statement in this regard by NSS General Secretary G Sukumaran Nair was his own

Alleging that he was dragged into the controversy by certain communal forces, he said he is not interested to hold any key post in the Oommen Chandy Government

Earlier, Sukumaran Nair alleged that Oommen Chandy Government has failed to keep communal balance in governance by keeping majority communities at distance from power

The majority communities have been marginalised in various sectors including education and social welfare, he added

He disclosed that the late Congress leader and Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh visited NSS leaders, just before the previous Assembly elections in the State, and discussed the role of majority communities in the then upcoming Government. KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala's decision to contest the election was part of the Congress high command's decision, he said

Supporting Ramesh Chennithala for a top post in the UDF Ministry, he questioned the unilateral stand taken by Chandy over a possible Cabinet reshuffle

He said the issue would be taken up with Congress President Sonia Gandhi if the Chief Minister failed to hear their demands