KERALA

Chennithala for consensus

NEDUMBASSERY, MARCH 17. The Congress Working Committee permanent invitee, Ramesh Chennithala, has said that he is for consensus and does not wish for the expulsion of anyone from the party on disciplinary grounds.

He, however, feels that no party can go ahead without discipline and unity and that it is in everyone's interest to ensure the smooth functioning of the party.

Talking to reporters here today, he said that party men including he were not for creating any schism in the party.

No true party lover will support the move to split the party, he said.

The `I' faction has thousands of workers who have made big sacrifices to build up the party. They would vehemently oppose and defeat any attempt to split the party and to align with the CPI(M), Mr. Chennithala said.

The high command had for long extended a long rope to the State unit of the party without taking any disciplinary action against anyone.

Action by the high command was necessitated after things came to such a pass that it threatened the discipline and unity of the party, he said.

If there was any complaint against the disciplinary action initiated by the central leadership, there are appropriate forums to raise the matter. Instead of that, dragging the issue into the street would do no good to anyone.

Mr. Chennithala pointed out that as per the party constitution there was nothing wrong in taking disciplinary action against a party member after the organisational polls were being scheduled.

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