Days after the Congress high command appointed V D Satheesan as the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly, an upset Ramesh Chennithala has written to party president Sonia Gandhi and stated that he felt “humiliated” by the way the party’s central leadership handled the matter, arguing that a senior leader like him does not deserve such a treatment.
Sources privy to the letter said Chennithala, who was denied a second term as Leader of Opposition, has said he would have gladly accepted the leadership’s decision despite the fact that he had support of the majority of newly elected Congress MLAs in Kerala, as well as senior leaders, had he got an indication of the high command’s desire to appoint a new leader.
The sources said Chennithala pointed out that after Congress’s defeat in the Assembly polls he was willing to make way for another leader as Leader of Opposition, but that a majority of leaders, including former CM Oommen Chandy, felt that he should continue to keep the UDF together. Chennithala was hesitant even thereafter, sources said.
News Source: INDIANEXPRESS