Hours after senior Congress chief and former Union minister Ok V Thomas addressed a CPI(M) election conference for Thrikkakara by-election on Thursday, praising Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and remarking that the Congress’s “soft-Hindutva line’’ would shatter non secular concord within the nation, the state Congress management sacked him from the social gathering.
Announcing the choice, social gathering’s Kerala unit chief Ok Sudhakaran instructed the media that the AICC has given consent for the motion in opposition to Thomas.
Addressing a CPI(M) election conference at Thrikkakara in Kochi, Thomas on Thursday mentioned he’s on the aspect of growth. The five-time MP showered reward on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the social gathering occasion — Thrikkakara goes to the bypolls on May 31.
Stating that Vijayan has introduced growth to Kerala, Thomas mentioned: “I had said within the party (Congress) that we should support K-rail, the semi-high-speed rail corridor. The project should not be opposed (solely) on the ground that it was proposed by Vijayan. I have always stood with development. I have no hesitation in saying I am with Vijayan, the leader of development. It has been proved in recent years that only a powerful leader like Vijayan can go ahead, overcoming all hurdles.”
Coming down on the Congress’s “soft-Hindutva”, Thomas mentioned, “The Congress social gathering has a protracted custom. Congress is a tradition, and I come right here as a Congressman. I’m soliciting votes for Dr Jo Joseph (the CPM candidate) as a part of that tradition.’’
On the Congress-led UDF MPs in Lok Sabha from Kerala, he mentioned, “What are these 19 MPs doing in Delhi? Have they ever spoken for K-Rail or AIIMS (in Kerala)?”.
State Congress chief Sudhakaran mentioned Thomas’s exit is not going to have an effect on the social gathering’s prospects in Thrikkakara. “We had conducted a survey in the region, which showed Congress will not lose any votes by taking action against him (Thomas),” Sudhakaran mentioned. “He does not have any mechanism to take away any party votes. Even his personal staff members do not support him. He was trying to get the aura of a martyr.”
Last month, Thomas had attended a seminar throughout CPI(M) social gathering congress in Kannur, defying the Congress diktat. The Congress state management had warned on the time that he could be proven the door if he attended the seminar, however the social gathering didn’t take any robust motion on the time.
Thomas has a strained relation with the social gathering since he was denied a celebration ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and has since tried to cosy as much as the CPI(M).
Thomas, who was recognized for his shut hyperlinks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, can be a member of AICC. Last month, after he attended the CPI(M) occasion, he was faraway from the social gathering’s political affairs committee. Later, Thomas continued his tirade in opposition to Congress, however the social gathering appeared to neglect his barbs.
Thomas had served as a Union minister within the UPA-2 authorities and was a state minister within the UDF authorities in Kerala between 2001 and 2006.
He had lately publicly introduced that he would marketing campaign for the CPI(M) candidate for Thrikkakara by-election.