Congress clutches to its straw of hope

KC(M) camp starts today

Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala Congress' crucial two-day leadership camp at Charalkunnu in Pathanamthitta district, top Congress leaders including KPCC president V M Sudheeran and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala have expressed the confidence that veteran leader K M Mani would not leave UDF. Sudheeran said he was confident that Mani will not leave the front. If needed, former chief minister Oommen Chandy will hold another round of talks with him. "All issues will be resolved amicably," he added.

Chennithala said: “Our stand is clear that Kerala Congress should continue in UDF. As far as UDF is concerned all these issues should be discussed in this spirit and we should move forward together." Everything will end on a positive note he said and added that no one saw him as an enemy. The opposition leader said that he was ready to talk to Mani.

Meanwhile, former chief minister Oommen Chandy said Mani was an inseparable part of the UDF. The issue raised by Mani will be addressed in the right spirit. "These are our views and anything contrary to this was not Congress line," he said. However, speculations are rife that Kerala Congress leadership camp at Charalkunu would take very tough decisions. The party leaders have pointed out that there were many grievances and bar case was not the only issue as was being projected.

The party felt that problems had been pending for long and these have had a cumulative effect. Now the problems have come to the fore. KC(M) general secretary Joseph M Puthussery said the leadership camp was not pressure tactics. The party leadership believed firmly that there was a move to destroy their organisation and despite being an important ally, it had faced isolation and neglect. All these issues will reflect in the crucial decision to be taken at the meet, he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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