Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and senior Congress leader P.J. Kurien on Thursday said that there was an understanding between the Congress high command and the Nair Service Society (NSS) leadership.

Professor Kurien said this when mediapersons sought his response to the controversy triggered by NSS general secretary G. Sukumaran Nair’s remarks at a rally in the State capital recently that there was an understanding between the two organisations on giving representation to the majority community in key positions in the administrative structure of the State.

“The high command sent a Cabinet Minister to hold discussions with the NSS leadership. His visit would not have been for a cup of tea. Certain issues were discussed and if the NSS general secretary agreed to it, it is called an understanding,” he said.

Professor Kurien said that only three persons were privy to that understanding. Narayana Panicker and Vilasrao Deshmukh were no more. Mr. Sukumaran Nair was the third person present and he would know the details. Professor Kurien said that though he was aware of the understanding, he did not know its terms.

He said he was also aware of the high command’s wish to induct Ramesh Chennithala in the Oommen Chandy Cabinet. A.K. Antony too had taken such a stand. But it was Chennithala’s decision not to join the team, he said

Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko had on Wednesday denied the existence of a pact between Congress and NSS. When asked about Mr. Chacko’s statement, Mr. Kurien said it was Mr. Chacko’s personal opinion.