Thiruvananthapuram: It’s just days to go before the state goes to polls, but the fissures in Kerala unit of the Congress appear to be ever widening.
The latest political bomb in this never ending saga was dropped by senior Kerala Congress leader and former health minister, K Ramachandran, who has now cried foul for being sidelined and alleged that “ticket racket” is functioning from the office of party president Sonia Gandhi.
A leading newspaper quoted him as saying: “The seats were shared between leader of opposition Oommen Chandy and state party chief Ramesh Chennithala. Most seats are payment seats. Decent people stand no chance in the party.”
“If this system continues Congress in Kerala will crumble within five years”, he rued.
Ramachandran also announced that he would be staging a dharna in front of the KPCC headquarters in the state capital to register his protest over the issue.
Attacking those who currently hold power in the party’s state unit, the former health minister said that he was dropped from then Congress government headed by Oommen Chandy for going against “an instruction to stand for a corrupt deal”.
“I refused to give clearance the Pollution Control Board for a project mooted by public sector Travancore Titanium Products Limited and following which I was removed from Chandy’s cabinet,” he said.
Ramachandran was dropped from Chandy’s cabinet in 2006 following reports that he had threatened officials those who filed complaints against him with the Lok Ayukta.
Meanwhile, Congress sources have been quoted as saying that the party has taken note of the issue and disciplinary action is being contemplated.