Kerala: Antony asks Cong leaders to settle Chandy-Chennithala feud
Posted on: 08:30 PM IST May 24, 2013
Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to resolve the rift between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala in the Kerala unit of Congress, CWC member and Defence Minister AK Antony held talks with supporters of Chandy and Chennithala at Kannur on Friday.
The rift between Chandy and Chennithala following the confusion over non-induction of the latter into the cabinet snowballed into a crisis in Congress in the last few days.
Antony who arrived at Kannur to attend the 85th anniversary of Payannur Congress committee, met leaders including, K Sudhakaran, MP, KPCC Vice President MM Hassan, Minister KC Joseph and Union Minister KC Venugopal.
Talking to reporters, Antony said there was not such issue in the state party that could not be resolved. "My wish and hope is that the dispute would be settled by the state leaders itself through talks. My firm belief is that the issues in the state would be resolved here itself", he said.
Both Chandy and Chennithala were not attending anniversary celebrations as Chandy was away in Idukki and Chennithala has been indisposed. Chandy had always maintained that Chennithala could join the ministry ever since the UDF came to power in 2011.
However, Chennithala had said that he was not interested to become Minister.