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Kerala Congress seeks explanation from KV Thomas for praising PM Modi

The reports quoted Thomas as saying: “Modi is a good administrator who is able to convince others of his actions.”

india Updated: Apr 14, 2018 16:52 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Thiruvananthapuram
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A file photo of former Union minister and senior Congress leader KV Thomas.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Saturday sought an explanation from senior party leader KV Thomas after news reports spoke of him praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration. Thomas said he was misquoted.

Former Union minister Thomas represents the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. According to reports, Thomas hailed the Prime Minister while speaking at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Kerala Management Association there on Friday.

The reports quoted Thomas as saying: “Modi is a good administrator who is able to convince others of his actions.” The reports said that Thomas felt more comfortable dealing with Modi than the leaders in his own party.

KPCC chief MM Hassan’s letter to Thomas was circulated to the media wherein he asked the latter to explain if he ever made such a remark.

“Modi is one who is going forward with anti-people policies and programmes and also supports atrocities and violence. We want to know if you (Thomas) made remarks praising Modi,” wrote Hassan to Thomas.

Thomas on Saturday said he was misquoted. He said speaking to the management students all he wanted to put across was -- “Despite making a lot of mistakes in his administration, Modi has been able to manage it by propagating lies”.

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told the media that he spoke to Thomas about his comments and the latter explained that he never praised Modi.

Thomas was the Ernakulam MP from 1984 to 1996. He became a legislator in 2001 and was part of then chief minister AK Antony cabinet.

Thomas has always been considered close to former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

(This story has not been modified from its original version.)

First Published: Apr 14, 2018 16:52 IST