Year-long celebrations for Congress’ 125th anniversary
Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress party cannot sustain factionalism anymore and all workers should strive for unity, party leader K. Karunakaran said here on Monday.
Inaugurating the 125th anniversary conference of the party at the Tagore Centenary Hall here, Mr. Karunakaran said the party had faced several difficulties due to factionalism. This would not happen again, he said.
Mr. Karunakaran said he would work towards strengthening the party. I am proud to be a member of the Congress party which has a 125-year tradition, he said.
Referring to the membership drive, he said he had sought more membership books as he was apprehensive of party workers missing the opportunity to renew memberships. He said he had been given 2,500 membership books.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala inaugurated the year-long celebrations in connection with the 125th anniversary. The State-level anniversary functions were held under the auspices of the District Congress Committee.
The party honoured freedom fighter P. Gopinathan Nair, chairman, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The messages of Union Minister for Defence A.K. Antony and Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi were read out. Former KPCC presidents C.V. Padmarajan, Thennala Balakrishna Pillai and P.P. Thankachan were presented with mementos.
Former Thiruvananthapuram DCC presidents Vakkom Purushothaman, Thalekunnil Basheer, K. Mohan Kumar and N. Peethambara Kurup were also felicitated. To mark the occasion, 125 lamps were lit. DCC, AICC, KPCC and DCC members, presidents of booth and ward committees, office-bearers of mandalam and block committees and leaders of feeder organisations attended.
The KPCC announced here on Monday that its membership drive would conclude on December 31.
In a statement, the KPCC said the membership application form can be downloaded from the AICC and KPCC web sites. The printouts or photo-copy of the printouts can be submitted to the Congress Block Committee or District Congress Committee concerned along with the membership fee of Rs. 3. The forms can be downloaded from www.aicc.org.in or www.kpcc.org.in, the statement said.