Staff Reporter

Political leaders, workers welcome him at Thiruvalla

‘Denial of Kozhikode seat to JD(S) cannot be justified’

Expresses gratitude to KSRTC employees for their support

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mathew T. Thomas, MLA, was accorded a reception on his arrival at the Thiruvalla railway station on Tuesday after tendering his resignation as Transport Minister to the Chief Minister on Monday.

Party workers, friends and well-wishers of Mr. Thomas thronged the railway station premises in the afternoon, knowing that he would be coming back by the Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Mail. Local leaders of the Revolutionary Socialist Party, Kerala Congress (Joseph) and Communist Party of India were among those who turned up to greet Mr. Thomas.

The Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Mail arrived at 4.50 p.m. and an enthused crowd literally crowded the S-5 compartment to greet Mr. Thomas.

Slogans praising the graceful exit of their leader rented the air. Representatives of various political parties and even the CITU workers at the railway station were among those who garlanded the former minister. A team officials attached to the Motor Vehicle Department was also present at the railway station.

Extending humble thanks to the crowd at the railway station, Mr. Thomas left for his home in the housing colony at Kuttappuzha. Party workers and mediapersons also accompanied him. After spending some time with his parents, Rev T. Thomas and Annamma, at home, he went to his office in Thiruvalla town.

Talking to reporters there, Mr. Thomas said denial of the Kozhikode seat to Janata Dal(S) could never be justified. Allotment of the sitting seat to JD(S) could have further strengthened the sincere initiatives being taken by the JD(S) for the formation of a third political front at the national level, keeping both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party at bay, he said.

Mr. Thomas, accompanied by JD(S) national general secretary Varghese George, left for Kozhikode by the night train to attend the party State committee meet on Wednesday.

Mr. Thomas said he was a contented soul for getting maximum co-operation and support from all his Cabinet colleagues, including Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan. He also expressed his gratitude to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation employees for their support and co-operation to his endeavour to save the crisis-ridden corporation.

Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac also visited Mr. Thomas at his residence.