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Monday, July 5, 2010

Party polls reduced to a 'farce': Karunakaran

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Congress leader K Karunakaran today said the ongoing party polls in Kerala had been reduced to
a 'farce' and it would be difficult for him to acknowledge the results. 'What is going on is a farce as the procedures and processes laid down in the by-laws have been totally flouted', the 92-year-old leader told reporters. He said the 'consensus' was apportioning of positions by certain sections through manipulation of the poll process. 'Such a thing has never happened in the history of the party in Kerala and it is difficult to accept the results emerging out of it', Karunakaran, a four time Chief Minister, said.

Targeting the camaraderie between KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and opposition leader Oommen Chandy, Karunakaran said the high command did not properly address the issues raised by him since the poll process started. Asked about discussions held by Chennithala and Chandy after the party elections started, Karunakaran said 'it was a ploy to hoodwink people.' He, however, said he had not lost hope in the leadership whose intervention alone could ensure free and fair polls to the satisfaction of the leaders and workers. Karunakaran had earlier shot off letters to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Mohsina Kidwai saying that party polls were not conducted properly and wanted the high command's intervention to set things right.

Karunakaran who has been sulking over his son K Muralidharan still not being allowed to re-enter the party, feels his followers
have been ignored by Chennithala-Chandy axis to grab party posts through the 'consensus route'. Muralidharan had left Congress and joined NCP, becoming its state unit chief. He later quit NCP and sought re-entry to Congress, which has been hanging fire due to opposition by a section of state Congress leaders.

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