Sharad Pawar not to visit Kerala; NCP crisis intensifies

Kochi: The internal issues in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is intensifying day by day. Amidst this, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has cancelled his visit to Kerala on Saturday.

The state leadership had issued a notice of meeting to the executive committee members and district presidents. Both the sections in NCP had tried to attract maximum office bearers out of the 57 members.

Since Pawar has cancelled the visit, it is unlikely that the internal crisis in NCP will be resolved amicably.

The AK Saseendran faction is mulling a parallel committee by dropping party state president TP Peethambaran Master who is adamant on the stance of leaving LDF. They are of the opinion that a person who took a stand against the party publically shouldn’t be allowed to continue in the post.

Saseendran faction alleged that it was Peethambaran Master who summoned a group meet at his residence over the seat sharing issue in Pala. A section of leaders went to Mumbai to meet Pawar based on the decision taken in this meeting. Peethambaran Master asked to give the Elathur seat for younger leaders, but he forgot the age factor when it comes to party president post, they added.

The clash within the party that began with Pala seat has now extended to other matters and has gone beyond repair. Many of the leaders are even thinking of switching parties.

While NCP is reportedly moving to UDF, the members are distressed as CPM is not giving them due consideration in LDF.

NCP was not even able to demand standing committee chairpersons posts in local body elections. The public statements made against CPM have also retaliated escalating the trouble for NCP.

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