More tremors in Congress as Shashi Tharoor’s Kerala tour progresses | Kozhikode News – Times of India


KOZHIKODE: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s Malabar tour, which has reportedly unnerved a section of state leaders leading to Youth Congress (YC) pulling out of a seminar, continued to create tremors within in the party with senior leader K Muraleedharan saying that there was a conspiracy to block his event. He added that Tharoor getting active in state politics could have caused problems to the chief minister hopefuls in the party.
Addressing the media on Monday, Muraleedharan added that the moves could have been spurred by media reports projecting Tharoor as a CM candidate. “It could have caused issues to persons who desire the post. I don’t have issues as I don’t have such desires. Not everyone is like that. They (YC) had to back out of the programme due to some pressure. I know what it is but I will not discuss it in public as it is an internal matter of the party,” Muraleedharan added.
Meanwhile, Tharoor said he received a wonderful welcome by YC activists in Kozhikode though they were under pressure not to give him a platform in the district. “Kerala politics and national politics are one and the same. We should be involved at all levels. Was I not elected three times from Kerala itself?” Tharoor asked the media on Monday.
When asked if there were party restrictions in making public statements and attending events, he said that he was (as Congress MP) speaking about ideals of the Congress in platforms of the party. “So, what is the meaning of restrictions,” he asked.
Muraleedharan added that there was no violation of KPCC guidelines in the conduct of the programme as MP MK Raghavan, who is the parliament party secretary in Lok Sabha, had informed Kozhikode DCC about it. Tharoor called on the family of writer TP Rajeevan who passed away recently and inaugurated the statue of writer T Padmanabhan at Malayala Kalagramam in Mahe and attended a couple of other programmes on the second day of his tour.
Meanwhile, Padmanabhan praised Tharoor and told him to continue his mission saying that people of the state and the youth will support him. “You go ahead bravely. Victory will definitely be yours,” he said. Speaker A N Shamseer, who also attended the function, said that he was a diehard fan of Tharoor.
Meanwhile, ahead of Tharoor’s visit to Panakkad on Wednesday, IUML national general secretary PK Kunhalikutty said that it was for the Congress to decide how to use Tharoor. He added that IUML will not comment on the internal affairs of the Congress.





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