Not disappointed, says Chennithala; happy over High Command decision to appoint Satheesan

Alappuzha: Outgoing leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala welcomed the appointment of V D Satheesan as the new opposition leader and said he would accept the decision of the High Command wholeheartedly. He also wished that Satheesan should be able to take forward the Congress and UDF together during the crisis times.

'This is the most crisis-ridden time and everyone must unite together to strengthen the Congress and the front. And I feel a united approach is needed for that,' Chennithala told mediapersons here in Alappuzha on Sunday.

When asked if he is unhappy over not continuing in the post, Chennithala replied that it is not a discussion point now. What is now needed is a comeback path for the Congress in Kerala. And for that, all party leaders, activists and those who love the party must stand united and that is the priority, he added.

When asked how he evaluates his performance as an opposition leader, Chennithala replied that let the people assess his performance. He also said that Mallikarjun Kharge had called him up on Saturday morning and informed about the new appointment.

On being asked if KPCC needs a restructuring, he said it is the High Command which has to decide on that and he will abide to whatever decision is taken. He also promised his complete support to the new opposition leader. When the Congress national president Sonia Gandhi takes a decision, all must comply, he said.

“I’m not disappointed. I have done all that is possible as an opposition leader. And I am happy on that. Whatever I had desired to do as opposition leader, I have fulfilled it. I have done justice to the opposition leader’s post,” Chennithala said.

"I don’t need the good certificate of the chief minister. My fight was against the Left government. I have taken measures to bring out the corruption deals of the Left inorder to uphold the democratic rights of the people of Kerala. I will continue my fight against injustice," he said.

Chennithala also said that he is not a person who goes after posts and it is not necessary for him. I had also planned to quit earlier but my colleagues wanted me to stay put to lead the Congress, he added.

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