Senior Congress leader PC Chacko on Wednesday resigned from the party ahead of Kerala Assembly elections.
Senior Congress leader PC Chacko on Wednesday resigned from the party ahead of the Kerala Assembly elections.
“I have quit Congress and sent my resignation to party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi,” he was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
Chacko said he has been deliberating upon this decision for the past many days.
“I come from Kerala where there's no Congress party as such. There are 2 parties - Congress (I) & Congress (A). It's a coordination committee of 2 parties functioning as KPCC,” he said.
Alleging groupism among senior party leaders, Chacko said, "Kerala is facing a crucial election. People want Congress to come back but there's groupism practised by top leaders of Congress. I've been arguing with high command that this should be ended. But the high command is also agreeing to the proposal given by both groups."
Referring to the period of vacuum created in the party's national leadership after Rahul Gandhi quit the post of Congress president following the party's defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Chacko said, "the Congress had been headless for the last one-and-a-half years". There was no one in the party at the national level, Chacko said, recalling the situation that forced Sonia Gandhi, who is facing health issues, to take leadership of the party.
He said the Congress working committee, in which he had been a member, had unanimously requested Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation but he did not yield. Kerala's Congress leadership has not reacted to Chacko's allegations.
(With inputs from PTI)
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST