'While resigning in 2004, I suggested Oommen Chandy as my successor,' reveals AK Antony
Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Congress leader A K Antony has disclosed a crucial information regarding Kerala politics and the Congress party. Antony revealed in the morning show ‘Wake Up Kerala’ aired in Mathrubhumi News channel that he had asked the High Command to bring Oommen Chandy as his successor when he resigned as chief minister in 2004.
Even Oommen Chandy was blamed as one of the leaders who tried to remove Antony from the post of the chief minister conspiring with the allies. Antony’s revelation ends all the controversies in this regard 16 years after his resignation.
‘When the Congress and UDF faced election debacle on May 13, 2004, I had informed the High Command that I was willing to resign taking up responsibility. However, it was not finalised then. Later in July, Sonia Gandhi allowed me to resign while I was in Delhi. When she asked me about the successor, I suggested the name of Oommen Chandy. I returned from Delhi after fixing the date and time for the resignation,’ Antony said.
‘I resigned on August 28, 2004, one and a half months after getting permission from the High Command. The delay occurred as I had to accomplish some tasks and fulfil some promises. If I had resigned without fulfilling the promises, then I would have been called a cheater for my entire life. Nobody knew that the CM was busy working after deciding on the resignation,’ Antony added.
All the matters regarding resignation was secretly done. Even Oommen Chandy or my family were not aware of this, Antony disclosed. He added that he decided to explain all this now as the right time has come. However, Antony did not respond to the question on whether Oommen Chandy was late to reach the position he actually deserved.