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I didn't cast NSS in poor light: Karunakaran

Senior Congress leader K Karunakaran on Saturday said he never meant to cast any aspersion on the organisation, which "he had always held in high esteem."
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2004 08:52 PM IST

Seeking to put a lid on the row sparked off by his reported statement on community outfits that enraged the powerful Nair Service Society, senior Congress leader K Karunakaran on Saturday said he never meant to cast any aspersion on the organisation, which "he had always held in high esteem."

Seeking to clarify his position on the issue, the former Chief Minister said he still believed that the community-based organisations should refrain from using their influence for electoral bargaining, but this was not meant against "social reform organisations" like NSS or the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), the socio-cultural outfit of the dominant Ezhava community.

The senior leader, however, took exception to the tone and tenor of NSS General Secretary PK Naryana Paincker's reaction to his statement.

"Paincker might have mistaken what I had said. But he should have taken into account my seniority as a public figure in the use of language in his reaction," Karunakaran said.

Maintaining that it was possible that "certain forces" could have worked to create a misunderstanding between him and the NSS chief, Karunakaran said he did not want to keep the controversy alive when the elections were round the corner.

"I am making this clarification not out of fear, but on my side I want to try to remove misunderstandings," he said.

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