Kerala: Chandy downplays bickering in Cong
Posted on: 07:45 AM IST Feb 02, 2012
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday dismissed reports of faction-feud within Congress state unit and said there was "no problem" in the party as reported by the media.
"There is no problem in the party as reported by media," Chandy told reporters when asked about criticism by a section of congress leaders including K Sudhakaran, MP, that party workers were not getting justice and respect from police in the state.
Sudhakaran had hit out at Chandy for supporting the action of Kannur DSP who had removed a flex board hailing Sudhakaran for sanctioning some funds for development works for police quarters, put up by Kerala Police Association at Kannur recently.
Sudhakaran had stated that removal of the board was an insult to him and Chief Minister had the responsibility to protect the rights and interests of elected representatives.
The outburst of congress leaders on the 'poster row' was widely seen as resurfacing of faction feud in congress between supporters of Chandy and his opponents.
Justifying action against police personnel who put up boards hailing Sudhakaran, Chandy said it was in violation of service rules. Government had suspended six police personnel in Kannur in connection with the poster row.