Kerala

ISRO case was a pretext tooust Karunarakan: Murali

Says former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao had ditched him

Former Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president K. Muraleedharan has said that the ISRO spy case is nothing but an internal issue in the Congress and a pretext to oust former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran from his unassailable position.

Participating in a meet-the-press programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Sunday, Mr. Muraleedharan said the coalition partners had taken a position at that time that the UDF would not be able to win the elections if Karunakaran were to continue as Chief Minister.

The ISRO spy case became a tool for some people to demand his resignation. Mr. Muraleedharan said that his father had told him that P.V. Narasimha Rao, who was Prime Minister at that time, had ditched him. Only two coalition partners supported Mr. Karunakaran.

In February, 1995, Mr. Rao had taken the stand that Mr. Karunakaran need not resign, but one month later he had directly called him and asked him to resign.

Mr. Muraleedharan said he did not have any evidence of any conspiracy and did not want to indulge in rhetoric. He was not interested in a continued debate in the party on the issue. Karunakaran was the only person who did not get justice and considered this as a private sorrow of his family. “I am happy that the black spot on Karuanakaran has been removed long after his death. I want to conclude further debate on this issue,” he said.

In reply to a question, he said he did not subscribe to the view that a leadership change was needed in the Congress. However, booth level committees need to be strengthened.

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