BANGALORE: A chasm within the Congress was exposed at the launch of its new campaign on Sunday when its leaders expressed their views on admitting new members to the party. Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa, while expressing apprehension against the party’s new initiative being misused, cautioned leaders against admitting those working against the party. “Several leaders who had backstabbed us in the past may gain entry to the party fold again... we need to remain vigilant and check the entry of such quislings.”
However, former KPCC working president D K Shivakumar sought to differ with Muniyappa, and opined that there need be no barriers to those wishing to join the Congress.
“The need to admit anyone wishing to return to the Congress exists, we must welcome them without unconditionally... defeating the communal BJP is of paramount importance.” He added that one must shed all such apprehensions. “We can decide on offering them with plum postings later,” he said.