Cong refuses to take back Muraleedharan


The Kerala PCC executive committee, which met here on Wednesday to take up the matter, reiterated its earlier position not to admit Muraleedharan who was suspended by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in 2006 for six years for anti-party activities.

“The PCC executive felt that the gesture shown to a senior leader like Karunakaran, who has made immense contribution to the party, cannot be extended to his son,” said Kerala Congress unit chief Ramesh Chennithala.

Only three members in the executive are reported to have backed Muraleedharan’s re-entry. Even the group led by his sister Padmaja Venugopal did not come out in his support when the matter came up for discussion.

Time not ripe
Oommen Chandy and his supporters said time was not ripe to take the former PCC chief back into the party fold.

“The fact that there are at least some voices now in support of me gives me hope. It is definitely a welcome change from the last executive which unanimously decided to keep me out,” Muraleedharan said.

The PCC decided to take up the matter after clamour for his re-entry appeared to receive some support from the AICC, especially Defence Minister A K Antony.

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