Vellappally Natesan (Photo: ES Akhil| Mathrubhumi Archives)
Alappuzha: Vellapally Natesan, the general secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, said that Congress failed to elect a leader from backward classes as chief minister in the past 60 years.
It was reported by several media houses that leaders like Shashi Tharoor, VD Satheesan, and KC Venugopal were all gunning to be the chief ministerial candidate of UDF in the upcoming assembly election. Natesan criticised that leaders who dream about CM's chair are all from the same section of society. He opined whether Kodikunnil Suresh MP, who belongs to the backward class, will be anointed by the party as their CM candidate.
He also vehemently criticised Shashi Tharoor MP while attending a press meeting on the Kerala High Court order amending by-laws of Sree Narayana (SN) Trust.
Natesan claimed that Tharoor dislikes backward classes and added that he should focus his political career in North India.
"Tharoor thinks he is a wise man. However, his political career has come to an end in Kerala," he said.
"Tharoor is against the backward communities. He can't progress further in his career by keeping them aside. He is a person who competed against a leader from a backward community for the post of Congress presidency," he said.
"It's been 60 years since R Shankar became the chief minister. Yet, Congress could never find a leader from SC/ST or OBC for the top post," he added.