Party polls: Karunakaran complains to Cong high command

Expressing lack of faith in state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala in the conduct of organisational polls in Kerala, Karunakaran today sought the high command`s intervention for proper conduct of the exercise.

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2010, 22:34 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Expressing lack of faith
in state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala in the conduct
of organisational polls in Kerala, senior Congress leader K
Karunakaran today sought the high command`s intervention for
proper conduct of the exercise.

In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General
Secretary Mohsina Kidwai, the 92-year old leader alleged large
sections of party workers had been ignored in the name of
"consensus" in the election of office-bearers at various tiers
of the party.

According to sources close to Karunakaran, he had sent the
letter through a party functionary belonging to his camp.

Karunakaran warned that the party would be spoiling its
bright chances in the civic polls round the corner and the
assembly elections just a year away if the grass root level
party workers were not properly accommodated.

He had earlier also complained to the central leadership
that his followers were totally sidelined by an axis in the
state unit led by Chennithala and some other power centres.

When reporters sought his reaction to the senior leader`s
grouse, Chennithala said he was not aware of the letter.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he did not think
that Chennithala had been acting in a highhanded manner in the
election process.

It was a commonly accepted norm that wherever possible the
elections should be conducted through consensus approach,
Chandy added.

PTI