Karunakaran denies demanding Congress revamp in Kerala


Thrissur (Kerala) : Veteran Congress leader K. Karunakaran denied here Wednesday that he had asked for the reorganisation of the party in the state.

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“I did not ask for reorganisation of the party in the state. I have only asked for representation for those who have just returned to the Congress,” Karunakaran told reporters here.

Karunakaran had earlier Tuesday said at Thiruvananthapuram that he would raise the issue of organisational polls with party president Sonia Gandhi during her visit to the state Feb 14. This gave rise to speculation that he is initiating revolt in the state unit of Congress.

Putting to rest the speculation that he was initiating factional feud in the party, he said: “I am not interested in holding positions in the party or to give advice to factions.”

It is just a month back that Karunakaran returned to the Congress.

In 2005, he left the Congress and formed Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) and later merged this party with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. He met Sonia Gandhi in December last year to seek her permission for rejoining the Congress.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Tuesday statement of Karunakaran on party reorganisation, his estranged son and NCP state president K. Muraleedharan said his father will ignite factional feud in the Congress.

“The Congress will soon witness fireworks. He has already set fire to the gun powder,” Muraleedharan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

When Karunakaran first raised the banner of revolt in 2003 while he was in the Congress party, his prime grouse was that the party was not holding organisational polls.