Home > News > PTI
Kerala Congress crisis: Karunakaran meets Sonia
April 23, 2003 00:18 IST
Crisis in the Congress in Kerala appears to have blown over with K Karunakaran, who led the revolt in the Rajya Sabha polls, on Tuesday night holding a 'satisfactory' meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi.
"By and large I am happy over the talks...I have met her and explained everything. The intention was not aimed to challenge the party high command but an expression of displeasure over denial of ticket to K G Nair," Karunakarn said after a 70-minute meeting with Gandhi in New Delhi.
To a volley of questions whether the matter had been resolved or was still pending, he said, "I have told my party president what I had to say."
All India Congress Committee general secretary Ambika Soni, who joined the meeting after 15-minutes of the one-to-one talks between the two leaders, said Karunakaran requested Gandhi to be 'generous' and not to initiate any action against the party MLAs who supported Nair.
Karunakaran, however, said he did not made any such request to Gandhi.
Meanwhile, party sources said Kerala Chief Minister A K Antony is likely to visit New Delhi on Wednesday for talks with Gandhi on the issue.
KPCC President K Muraleedharan, who met the party chief on Monday to submit his reports about the Rajya Sabha polls, had suggested a joint meeting of Karunakaran and Antony with Gandhi to resolve the ongoing crisis.
Soni said Gandhi also expected that party MLAs in the state would work unitedly to strengthen the party. Soni, who is in-charge of the party affairs in the state declined to divulge the details of the talks between the two leaders.
Asked if he demanded the withdrawal of the expulsion of Nair from the party, Karunakaran said he did not request the party chief in this regard, but added that it was for her to decide.
About his attitude towards the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the state, he said the national issues are different from the state and much would depend on the developing situation in the state.
|© Copyright 2003 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.|