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Kerala: Chandy, Ramesh own up 5th berth 'error'

Ramesh Chennithala and Oommen Chandy admitted there were mistakes in the way the fifth berth was given to the IUML.

The New Indian Express |

Updated:May 3, 2012, 12:11 PM IST
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Kerala: Chandy, Ramesh own up 5th berth 'error'
Ramesh Chennithala and Oommen Chandy admitted there were mistakes in the way the fifth berth was given to the IUML.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Owning up joint responsibility, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy have admitted that there were some mistakes in the way the fifth minister berth was allotted to the IUML, which had created discontent among Congress leaders in the state.

In the opening remarks of the KPCC executive committee held here on Wednesday, Ramesh admitted that some mistakes had occurred which should be taken as a lesson for the party. Chandy echoed the same sentiments with both leaders explaining the situation that the party faced with the IUML leadership mounting pressure for the fifth minister.

Ramesh said the recent public statements by Congress leaders had tarnished the image of the party. He issued strict directive not to air public statements regarding party matters.

Congress leader K Muraleedharan, who was seen leaving the meeting midway, fuelled rumours that he boycotted the meeting in protest against Ramesh’s statement but later the KPCC president at a press meet denied it.

"It is not necessary that all members stay for the entire meeting and some leaders, including Muraleedharan, left a little early,” Ramesh replied to a query. He said the issue of the fifth minister was discussed in the meeting and added that Congress would uphold the secular credentials.

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