Former Kerala MP PC Chacko resigns from Congress; accuses internal groups of controlling party
Four-time Kerala Member of Parliament PC Chacko has tendered his resignation from the Indian National Congress, inviting more criticism and controversy into the LDF. He cited neglect from the high command, ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state as the reason for his resignation. This development follows the candidate discussion ongoing in Delhi.
While political circles are claiming that he is frustrated from not being included in the candidate list, Chacko claims that he cannot continue as a Congress worker in Kerala, since the state has only groups. “There has been no discussion over the candidate selection. The party is approving whatever list Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala submit. VM Sudheeran and I had complained against it multiple times but to no avail,” said Chacko, who has submitted his resignation to party supremo Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
He alleged that Congress couldn’t fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party at the national level. “There is no democracy in the high command, and there is a future for a member of the party only if you are part of a group. Moreover, the high command is also protecting the groupism within the party. There is no Congress in Kerala, as there is only ‘I’ group and ‘A’ group,” he said. Chacko had been active in state politics and had enjoyed great influence within the high command. However, in the later years, with the elevation of KC Venugopal to the national politics, Chacko lost touch and despite his efforts couldn’t establish himself back into the state politics.
It is yet unknown where Chacko might end up, but according to sources he could end up in either Nationalist Congress Party or the Aam Aadmi Party. Some political observers believe that he could move to AAP, while others are awaiting his migration to the LDF. However, official information is still awaited.