Sukumaran Nair says it is an internal matter of the United Democratic Front

The Nair Service Society (NSS) will not make any intervention in resolving the discord in the Kerala Congress(B), its general secretary, G. Sukumaran Nair, has said.

His comments comes in the wake of the visit of Minister for Forests K.B. Ganesh Kumar to the NSS headquarters on Wednesday night.

Mr. Nair told The Hindu on Thursday that the schism in the KC(B) was an internal matter of the United Democratic Front. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala and other leaders of the front had the responsibility to find a lasting solution to the differences between party chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai and its representative in the Cabinet, Mr. Ganesh Kumar.

Mr. Nair, who refused to comment on the controversy over the personal affairs of Mr. Ganesh Kumar, maintained that the NSS had tried to resolve the conflict between the father and son earlier, but since such efforts could not succeed, it had been decided to let the UDF sort out matters.

“The NSS has a right to take interest in the matters concerning the KC(B) because the Chief Minister and the KPCC president had earlier sought our intervention to get Mr. Pillai’s consent in allowing Mr. Ganesh Kumar to join the Cabinet, in the first place,” Mr. Nair said.

Referring to Mr. Ganesh Kumar’s visit to the NSS headquarters, he said the Minister had arrived by 10 p.m. and explained his side of the controversy.

This is the first major interaction between the two during the past year and a half as Mr. Ganesh Kumar had refused to entertain intervention by the NSS chief in solving his problems with his father.

While the NSS leadership is tight-lipped over the details of the interaction between the two, it is believed that the Minister, who had arrived after getting a reprieve from within the UDF, requested the NSS leadership not to come out in the open against him.