Delhi talks make little headway

Published: 30th July 2013 09:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2013 09:55 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s hectic discussions with key Congress leaders in New Delhi on Monday failed to make any breakthrough on KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala’s entry into the Cabinet. With no decision on allotting the Home portfolio to him, Ramesh refused to join the Cabinet. The duo were not able to carry a joint brief to party president Sonia Gandhi and their meeting with her did not materialise. “Nothing is likely to happen. Status quo may be maintained,” Ramesh told Express over phone. However, he added: “The talks are continuing. Nothing can be said as of now.” “It seems that the attempt this time also is to humiliate and insult Ramesh in the name of a reshuffle by the ‘A’ group,” alleged a close associate of Ramesh. The ‘I’ group is of the firm view that Ramesh need not join the government at this juncture and a Cabinet reshuffle is not going to save the Chandy Government, mired in the solar scam. In Delhi, Chandy held talks with Sonia’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik and Union Ministers A K Antony and Vayalar Ravi. He has been asked to stay back for a day.

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