In-flight protest against CM was planned by Youth Congress, accepts leadership after a month

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Thiruvananthapuram: After denying organisational-level planning in the in-flight protest against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for over a month, Congress on Monday said that it was pre-planned.

On June 14, the very next day of the protest, reacting to the police case against the Youth Congress workers Farzeen and Naveen Kumar, VD Satheesan said there was no planning involved in the case.

During the press meet, when a journalist asked if the protest was planned, Satheesan said: "There was no planning. No leaders were informed about the protest. They were party workers. They were Mattannur Youth Congress block committee president and Kannur district secretary. They boarded a flight and protested. No one was aware of it. No one was told about it."

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When asked about the ticket, he said anyone can take the ticket by spending Rs 12,000.

On Monday, as the WhatsApp chat of an 'official' group of Youth Congress was leaked suggesting it was state vice-president Sabarinathan who recommended the idea, the leaders claimed the protest was planned. Sabarinathan said that the protest was part of the organisational activity of Youth Congress. VD Satheesan said that the protest was planned by the Youth Congress leadership and what he meant earlier was that Congress leadership wasn't aware of it.

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