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After row over Shashi Tharoor’s north Kerala tour, Congress leaders asked to keep party in loop

MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, who heads the Kerala unit’s disciplinary committee, says any leader is free to attend any Congress programme in the state, but the respective district or block committee should be informed beforehand.

Tharoor's north Kerala tour last week raised much heat in the Congress state unit after the party in Kozhikode withdrew from hosting his talk about the Sangh Parivar. (PTI/File)

The Congress’ disciplinary committee in Kerala has called on leaders to keep the party informed about the events that they attend. This comes after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s tour of north Kerala last week created a stir in the party, prompting warnings against party leaders carrying out “parallel” political activities.

Thiruvanchoor Radhakrish-nan, the head of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee’s disciplinary panel, told reporters that while leaders are free to attend any party programme anywhere in the state, they should inform the concerned party unit — either the district Congress committee or block Congress committee.

“The very thought that such forums were bypassed (by leaders) would erode the strength of the party. So, the leaders should take them (the party units) into confidence and inform them in advance before attending events,” he said.

All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Kerala, Tariq Anwar, who was in Kozhikode for a party function, also echoed the same view. “All leaders attending the party events should take the respective leadership in that district into confidence,” he said.

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First published on: 26-11-2022 at 16:35 IST
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