Chennithala: Chandy meets Sonia,told to talk to allies

The prospects of Kerala’s Congress unit president Ramesh Chennithala becoming the Deputy Chief Minister seemed bleak

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 4, 2013 3:50:47 am

The prospects of Kerala’s Congress unit president Ramesh Chennithala becoming the Deputy Chief Minister seemed bleak on Monday with the Congress high command appearing not too keen on creating such a post. Sources said the leadership,instead,asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to first discuss the issue with allies and within the party.

Chandy,who met Congress president Sonia Gandhi,said that he apprised her about the developments arising out of the proposal for elevating Chennithala as the Deputy CM. The proposal put forth by a section of the party — loosely termed as the ‘I’ group — had revived the factional feud in the party’s Kerala unit.

The group had demanded that Chennithala be either elevated as Deputy CM or inducted into the Cabinet and given the Home portfolio.The other faction — known as the ‘A’ group — is opposed to him being given the Deputy CM post or the Home portfolio. “There are reports that he will become the Deputy CM. There are reports that he will not. Both are not correct,” Chandy said.

“I had a detailed discussion with the Congress chief on the developments in Kerala. According to their advice,I will discuss the issue in Kerala and a decision will be taken,” Chandy said.

Sources in the state unit of the party said the high command appeared not too keen on creating the post of Deputy CM as it could open the flood gates for similar demands in other Congress-ruled states.

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