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Unnikrishnan flays Karunakaran

Former Union Minister KP Unnikrishnan accused K Karunakaran of "spoiling" the party's image by promoting "family interests" and hinted that he may contest the Lok Sabha polls from Kerala.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Kozhikode, Kerala
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2004 08:40 PM IST

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister KP Unnikrishnan on Friday accused K Karunakaran of "spoiling" the party's image by promoting "family interests" and hinted that he may contest the Lok Sabha polls from Kerala.

Warning the Congress of serious danger if groupism was allowed to continue in the KPCC, he told reporters here, "Karunakaran is only interested in promoting his personal interests and the party will be in serious danger if this kind of groupism is not stopped forthwith."

He blamed the AICC squarely for showing a "leniant view" on the developments in the KPCC.

Unnikrishnan, a close associate of late Indira Gandhi, said "the 'A' and 'I' factions had already ruined the prospects of the party and things would only worsen if party workers at grass-root level failed to come to the fore."

Asked if he had made up his mind to contest the Lok Sabha polls from here, as widely speculated, he said "I am yet to decide," adding several political parties, including the BJP had approached him to contest as their candidate.

Unnikrishnan, who registered a string of victories from the Vatakara Lok Sabha constituency till 1991 but ultimately lost in the 1996 polls, said he was not afraid of disciplinary action for accusing Karunakaran as "people are also witness to the kind of family politics he is practising."

"I had expressed my opinion even against Indira when she was the Prime Minister and my present efforts are only to save the Congress from a possible disaster," he said.

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