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Karunakaran hopes to
gain from Kerala crisis

George Iype in Kochi | April 08, 2003 09:46 IST

According to some Congress leaders in Kerala, K Karunakaran wanted his daughter, Padmaja Venugopal, to be inducted into the state Cabinet and that is why he revolted against the high command by fielding a nominee of his choice, Kodoth Govindan Nair, in the Rajya Sabha election.

The veteran leader got Nair to file the nomination papers after Congress president Sonia Gandhi accepted Chief Minister A K Antony's nominees Vayalar Ravi and Thennala Balakrishna Pillai.

"Karunakaran does not have any standing in the Congress these days at the national level. So he wants to promote his son and daughter to fully manage the Congress' affairs in Kerala," a leader from the Antony faction told

But Karunakaran denied the charge.

"I have never asked for any ministership for my daughter. The present crisis has been created by my political opponents to tarnish my standing and image in the party," he told

He said there is no question of his nominee pulling out of the race. "The Congress is a party that should take decisions by consensus. But the choices of Congress Rajya Sabha nominees from Kerala was made without consulting me."

In protest against the high command's decision to nominate Ravi and Pillai, Karunakaran's son and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president K Muraleedharan submitted his resignation to Gandhi.

Two years ago Muraleedharan was made the KPCC president at Karunakaran's insistence. His argument was that since Antony was to become the chief minister, his nominee should head the party.

Later, his daughter was appointed the chairperson of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.

Karunakaran said his son and daughter are 'qualified to be politicians'.

"My son is today a leading Congress politician in Kerala, not because of me, but because of his abilities. So there is no question of promoting my son and daughter," he said.

With Karunakaran taking a rebellious stand, it is likely that Gandhi would invite him and Antony to New Delhi for talks.

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Sub: Promoting of KIns in CONGRESS

It is as simple as this. If Soniaji can lead Congress why not kins of real leaders like Sri Karunakaran who toiled and moiled for ...

Posted by Venugopal Velloth

Sub: Karunakaran and his family should be sacked

from Kerala Politics. Every time the Congress comes to power, there comes problems between the factions. This is mainly because of the vested personal interests ...

Posted by Jaya

Sub: RE:Promoting of KIns in CONGRESS

Hello Venu, It's the attitude of people like you have made congress such a pathetic party lives at the mercy of leaders kin. There's no ...

Posted by unni

Sub: Karunakaran wants to promote kin

Hi, I don't know why this cry over k.karunakaran's kin.Padmajavenugopal is a woman who has shown interest in politics,even the parliament has reserved 33%of seats ...

Posted by narayanan

Sub: Karunakaran & his family memebrs

It's high time for the people of Kerala to put a stop for this nonsense of this old man Karunakaran. Antony is one of the ...

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