THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The high-power committee of the KC (M) which met here on Wednesday to discuss the bribery charge against party supremo K M Mani ended on a tame note in terms of any notable outcome or political fallout.
On expected lines, the meet reflected the predicament of the regional party, as it is yet to recover from the big jolt it received a few days ago following the raising of allegations.
After deliberations which spanned over more than three hours, the meet while welcoming the ongoing Vigilance investigation also decided to set up a party commission to probe the ‘conspiracy’ behind the charges made by Biju Ramesh. It was also decided to pursue legal action against Biju for making “false and defamatory charges’’ against Mani.
The meet also reposed full satisfaction on the supportive stand of the Chief Minister and the Congress leadership in defending the allegations against Mani.
With little options left before the party and leadership right now, the meet decided to adopt a seasoned approach.The meet also expressed serious concern at the apparent moves to weaken the party by raising baseless allegations with the top leaders being targeted. As reported by ‘Express’ on Wednesday, the primary objective of the meet was to come clean of the allegations.
KC(M) working president and Water Resources Minister P J Joseph, who briefed the media on the decisions of the meet, with K M Mani by his side, was categorical that the party had never criticised or suspected the Congress as part of any conspiracy. “We don’t believe that there is a political conspiracy. The party panel would go into the conspiracy from a different angle and submit a report,”he said.
In this context, Joseph said the CM had asked for the nature of the suspected conspiracy to be submitted in writing if at all an investigation is to be ordered. He said the party commission’s report would come in handy in this background.
On the issue of leaders like P C George alleging political conspiracy behind the bar scam, Joseph said: “The party has no views like that.” Though there was media hype that the KC(M)was planning to register its pro test against a section of the Congress, who are to be blamed for the whole developments, like withdrawing KC(M) nominees from the Cabinet as a mark of protest, no discussions on this score took place in the meet.
Only a passing reference was there on suspected meddling of the Congress in the issue.