Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leadership has pulled up three Congress leaders in the district over lacklustre campaigning for Dr Shashi Tharoor.
DC learns KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state, Mukul Wasnik, warned a senior KPCC general secretary in-charge of his campaigning, a local Congress MLA and a top DCC leader.
Local media reported Dr Tharoor had complained of lack of coordination which he has since denied.
Nanabhau Patole, the AICC observer, told reporters that he had not received any complaint from Dr Tharoor.
"Congress leaders are working together, and as of now the constituency is not facing any issues," said Mr Patole, the opponent of his former leader Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.
“Shashi Tharoor has expressed satisfaction with the poll campaigning,” Mr Wasnik said.
AICC's organising general secretary K. C. Venugopal said the AICC observer was appointed here because the constituency is a matter of pride for Congress.
A party insider told DC that at the closed-door meeting of 20 office bearers in charge of Lok Sabha constituencies, Mullappally warned local leaders of stern action if the Congress loses.
“Tharoor is not the usual politician; he is a writer, orator and a statesman. So there will be lapses in his campaigning, and this is where the party should rise to the occasion and rally behind him in the campaigning. UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi seek Tharoor’s advice on a plethora of issues,” he said.
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