In spite of the controversies and scams that have dented the UDF Government’s image, Defence Minister A K Antony has ruled out a leadership change in the state but called for restraint on the part of leaders who make public statements.
After inaugurating a party office at Karimukal here on Sunday, Antony said: “Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not going to resign owing to the pressure tactics of the Opposition. Every government and leadership is vulnerable to criticism. Taking a cue from the criticism, we should take corrective measures at the right time,” he said.
Asking Congress leaders and ministers to be more cautious while expressing their views in public, the Union minister said: “At a time when the Parliamentary elections are fast approaching, the Congress should stay united. The opponents will try to take advantage of the situation. Hence it’s important for us to ensure that we don’t sing different tunes on crucial issues. The leaders should also make sure that nobody in the party is crossing the Lakshman Rekha.”
Antony said he wouldn’t interfere in the issues related to the party in the state, saying that “the state leaders are capable enough to sort out the issues”.
“The KPCC president and Chief Minister are strong enough to sort out the issues. If they are not able to do so, then the Congress high command will step in,” he said.
He said the chances for a UPA-III are bright, and the Congress would win the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.