`Upheaval in Congress likely'

KOZHIKODE APRIL 24. The Congress critic, Cherian Philip, has predicted an upheaval in the State Congress after the Lok Sabha elections on May 10.

Speaking at a press conference here today, he said a large number of party workers, who had become disillusioned with the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony and the senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, would leave the party. But he would not say whether they would form a new party. He would not join the group that P. C. Chacko and a few others were apparently planning to form, he said in answer to a question from newsmen.

He said Congress cadres had lost faith in both Mr. Antony and Mr. Karunakaran as all the quarrels in the party so far had been based on personal rivalries between the two leaders, not on ideological issues, Mr. Cherian Philip said.

The only beneficiaries of the infighting so far had always been the two leaders, he added.

He said he had quit the Congress on ideological grounds, particularly against leaders like the UDF convener, Oommen Chandy, clinging on an Assembly constituency, denying chance to younger politicians to become an MLA. In his view, Rajmohan Unnithan and Saratchandra Prasad had also raised the same issues while raising the banner of revolt against Mr. Karunakaran. It was unfair.

Mr. Unnithan, an accomplished orator, had been denied a chance to become an MLA or an MP though he had been working hard for the party.

The Congress dissident also hit out at the Chief Minister who, he said, had an eye on President's post.'' That is why he is subservient towards the BJP-led Government at the Centre.

That is why Kerala is not getting its due share of Central funds for development,'' Mr. Phillip alleged.

He also criticised the Navodhana Yatra, which, he said, had brought administration to a standstill since a number of Ministers were participating in the programme.

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