Congress leader Anand Sharma said defections happen at all political parties.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said defections happen at all political parties.

Congress' reaction to PC Chacko's exit: 'Those who have to leave will leave'

"The Congress party will show how it can unitedly fight in this elections. That will be the endeavour of the Congress," Anand Sharma said.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 06:04 PM IST

Reacting to the resignation of senior party leader PC Chacko ahead of the Kerala Assembly Election 2021, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday said those who want to leave the party can't be stopped and will eventually leave but that won't affect the party. That's what happens in all political parties, Sharma said. The resignation comes at a time when there is a demand for an overhaul in the party. Chacko too pointed at the absence of democracy in the party as the reason behind his decision.

"Those who have to leave will leave, it happens in political parties. But the Congress party will show how it can unitedly fight in this elections. That will be the endeavour of the Congress," Sharma said.

Congress Kerala MP Hibi Eden said Chacko was given ample opportunities by the Central leadership. "He(PC Chacko) is a very senior Congress leader who has been given ample opportunities by Central leadership. He's a valuable asset for INC. I don't think it was a wise decision at this crucial juncture where Congress is going into an important election," he said.

As he resigned, PC Chako said the national leadership of the party has not been active for the last two years. He also levelled serious allegations of groupism in the party — one group headed by former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and the other by senior party leader Ramesh Chennithala.

He alleged that only these two people were aware of the candidates to be fielded in the polls on April 6. The list was not even discussed with the state Congress committee.

"This groupism is the biggest bane of the Congress party in Kerala. Kerala is facing a very crucial election and in this election, the people want the Congress to come back. But, the stumbling block is the groups which is practiced by top leaders of the Congress party", said Chacko.

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