MINORITIES SIDELINED IN CONGRESS LEADERSHIP, SAYS CPI (M) LEADER KODIYERI BALAKRISHNAN

CPI(M) Kerala State secretary and senior politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Tuesday alleged that leaders belonging to minority communities were neglected and sidelined in the Congress in line with the party scion Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Jaipur calling for establishing what he called as a rule of Hindus in the country after ousting the “Hindutva” government at the Centre.

Alleging that the Congress even sidelined its prominent minority faces, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid and K V Thomas, from the national-level leadership as part of the party’s new policy, he claimed this issue was being discussed widely in the Congress organisation. Accusing the Congress of discontinuing the representation of people from minority communities in the Congress’s Kerala leadership, Balakrishnan sought to know whether the move was part of the new policy announced by Gandhi in Jaipur.

“The question is whether minorities are being sidelined in the Kerala unit of the Congress as well. When K Karunakaran became the Chief Minister in 1982, veteran leader A L Jacob was made the KPCC president. When A K Antony became the Chief Minister, K Muraleedharan was elected president. When Oommen Chandy became the Chief Minister, Mullappally Ramachandran became the president”, the CPI(M) leader said and sought to know the reason for changing that norm.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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