Special Correspondent

Says it has nothing to do with Narendran Commission Report

KOCHI: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday met senior Church leaders here, apparently in an effort to help find a compromise on the thorny Narendran Commission recommendations.

However, Mr. Chennithala later claimed at a news conference that his meeting with the bishops had nothing to do with the issue. He had met them as part of a circulation drive of the Congress newspaper `Veekshanam,' he said.

Mr. Chennithala, accompanied by Minister Dominic Presentation as well as MLAs and party leaders from Ernakulam district, met Latin Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil and the Latin Church's Kochi Bishop John Thattunkal.

The Latin Catholic Church has been very vocal about its demand to implement the Narendran Commission recommendations and has been actively pressing the UDF Government on the issue lately. The Church's and laity orgnisations' wrath over the issue is believed to have hurt the Congress badly in the last panchayat elections, particularly in Ernakulam district.

Mr. Chennithala also met the Syro-Malabar Church's Ernakulam auxiliary bishop Thomas Chakiath and the jurist V.R. Krishna Iyer.

A party statement later said Bishop Thattunkal had urged Mr. Chennithala to make sure that the Latin community got its due when the Narendran Commission recommendations were implemented. The bishop was happy that the Congress had given a fair representation to the community.

Archbishop Acharuparambil had told Mr. Chennithala that the community was keen on getting its share, but at the same time it would not make any `excessive demands.' He also sought Mr. Chennithala's help in getting Government help for the tsunami-hit members of the community.