Thomas K Thomas, PC Chacko | Photos: Biju C, Muralikrishnan B; Mathrubhumi
Alappuzha: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Kerala faces severe factionalism due to ongoing differences between veterans Thomas K Thomas MLA and party state president PC Chacko.
Kuttanad MLA Thomas criticized NCP state president PC Chacko for acting out in his interest and making appointments on his terms. He asked Chacko to step down if he could not take the party forward with unity.
"It's been just over a year since he joined NCP. He came to the party after realising we have an MLA and a minister. He came to a party in power. It was Sharad Pawar who appointed him as state president. However, he is now acting in his own interests. He appoints those he favours and ousts others," he said. Speaking with Mathrubhumi.com, Thomas added that Chacko's "Hitler-style" administration would not work in NCP.
Thomas informed they had brought the issue to the attention of the national leadership. Talks were held with Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule and Praful Patel. However, the party wants to resolve the issue amicably.
The Kuttanad MLA alleged that Chacko has an unholy alliance with a businessman from Alappuzha and even misbehaved with him over the phone.
Meanwhile, NCP is worried that ongoing factionalism would spiral out of control in Alappuzha. The party has two district presidents in the district, one appointed by PC Chacko and the other by Thomas K Thomas.