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Hours after he backs Pinarayi on CPM bypoll stage, Cong sacks Thomas

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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 get together.

Asserting the choice, get together’s Kerala unit chief Ok Sudhakaran advised the media that the AICC has given consent for the motion towards Thomas.

Addressing a CPI(M) election conference at Thrikkakara in Kochi, Thomas on Thursday stated he’s on the facet of improvement. The five-time MP showered reward on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the get together occasion — Thrikkakara goes to the bypolls on Could 31.

Stating that Vijayan has introduced improvement to Kerala, Thomas stated: “I had stated inside the get together (Congress) that we must always assist Ok-rail, the semi-high-speed rail hall. The venture shouldn’t be opposed (solely) on the bottom that it was proposed by Vijayan. I’ve at all times stood with improvement. I’ve no hesitation in saying I’m with Vijayan, the chief of improvement. It has been proved lately that solely a robust chief like Vijayan can go forward, overcoming all hurdles.”

Coming down on the Congress’s “soft-Hindutva”, Thomas stated, “The Congress get together 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 stated, “What are these 19 MPs doing in Delhi? Have they ever spoken for Ok-Rail or AIIMS (in Kerala)?”.

State Congress chief Sudhakaran stated Thomas’s exit is not going to have an effect on the get together’s prospects in Thrikkakara. “We had performed a survey within the area, which confirmed Congress is not going to lose any votes by taking motion towards him (Thomas),” Sudhakaran stated. “He doesn’t have any mechanism to remove any get together votes. Even his private workers members don’t assist him. He was attempting to get the aura of a martyr.”

Final month, Thomas had attended a seminar throughout CPI(M) get together congress in Kannur, defying the Congress diktat. The Congress state management had warned on the time that he can be proven the door if he attended the seminar, however the get together didn’t take any sturdy motion on the time.

Thomas has a strained relation with the get together 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 identified for his shut hyperlinks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, can also be a member of AICC. Final month, after he attended the CPI(M) occasion, he was faraway from the get together’s political affairs committee. Later, Thomas continued his tirade towards Congress, however the get together 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 not too long ago publicly introduced that he would marketing campaign for the CPI(M) candidate for Thrikkakara by-election.



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