Chennithala defends K Sudhakaran, says he is secular to the core


Ramesh Chennithala-K Sudhakaran / Photo: Ridhin Damu, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress veteran Ramesh Chennithala has come out in defence of KPCC chief K Sudhakaran, who has been receiving flak for his pro-RSS remarks.

K Sudhakaran is secular to the core and cannot be blamed for the tongue slip that happened in his speech, said Chennithala. He pointed out that Sudhakaran does not need any certificate from BJP or CPM to prove “his secular stand”.

However, Chennithala said that if Sudhakaran’s remarks have triggered concerns within IUML, those concerns will be resolved. “Sudhakaran need not have to quit KPCC chief post,” he added.

Few days back, Sudhakaran had said that India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was a great leader who had shown his "magnanimity" to include RSS leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in his Cabinet.

He also recently courted controversy by saying that when he was part of the Congress (Organisation) decades ago, he had sent his men to "give protection" to some RSS shakhas in the state.

Amidst mounting criticism from the IUML and the Marxist party, the Congress was forced to announce that it would never dilute or compromise on its secular position and the party would go ahead only upholding Nehruvian ideologies in the southern state.

The new development comes at this juncture.


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