'Very difficult for sincere Congress workers to survive', says PC Chacko; sends resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi
Senior Congress leader and former party general secretary PC Chacko resigned from the party on Wednesday. The resignation comes just weeks before the Assembly elections In Kerala.
"It is very difficult for a sincere Congress worker to survive. Merit is not a concern at all," Chacko said while addressing a press conference. He added that Congress is a rudderless ship and has failed to find a president for more than a year.
"I'd been deliberating upon this decision for past many days. I come from Kerala where there's no Congress party as such. There are two groups - "A" group headed by Oommen Chandy and "I" group headed by Ramesh Chennithala. It's coordination committee of two parties functioning as KPCC," he added.
Chacko also targeted senior Congress leaders in Kerala, Ramesh Chennithala and Oommen Chandy. "Both Chennithala and Chandy always divide seats and organisational posts between them," he said tendering his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi.
Chacko said that in Kerala only those who are part of two groups have future and others are always sidelined.
"Kerala is facing a crucial election. People want Congress to come back but there's groupism practiced by top leaders of Congress. I've been arguing with high command that this should be ended. But the high command is also agreeing to the proposal given by both groups," he said.
Chacko is a former Member of Parliament from Thrissur Lok Sabha seat in Kerala.
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held on April 6, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had announced.
For the state election, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.The tenure of the 14th Kerala legislative assembly will come to an end on June 1, 2021.