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Thiruvananthapuram: All India Congress Committee

general secretary Mohsina Kidwai on Monday threw her weight behind the leadership of Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala.

However, her three-day visit to the State has stirred up dormant factionalism on the issue of senior leader K. Karunakaran’s return to the party, with one section of the leaders expressing unhappiness at the way the State leadership has dominated the show without giving sufficient opportunity to senior leaders to interact with her.

Mrs. Kidwai reiterated her earlier statement that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had the final word on Mr. Karunakaran’s re-entry into the party.

Addressing a press conference here, Mrs. Kidwai said the purpose of her visit was not to discuss the veteran’s return, but to interact with party workers to the extent possible. Mrs. Kidwai said she respected Mr. Karunakaran and held him in high esteem, but her personal views hardly mattered because it was Mrs. Gandhi’s sole prerogative to decide on the issue.

Mrs. Kidwai called upon her party workers to maintain unity and discipline and take up campaigns that were important for the masses. Asked why a KPCC executive meeting was not convened as was customary when the AICC general secretary in-charge visited the State, Mrs. Kidwai said most of the leaders were busy preparing for district-level camps and there was no time for such a meeting.

She accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of misusing power in the State.

When the Left Democratic Front government assumed power, the people looked forward to a good administration. However, it has belied people’s hopes. The government did not function for all sections of the people and it functioned only for the CPI (M). Left parties had a well-conceived objective at the national level, but had a different complexion in Kerala.

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