KOCHI: A day after former deputy mayor B Bhadra opened up ‘group war’’ in the Congress, the top leaders of the party came out protesting against her statement which put the UDF on the back foot a day ahead of the local body election.
Bhadra raked up a controversy on Tuesday by saying that the factional feud will destroy the Congress in the Corporation and added that she was never part of any group.
However, Bhadra said that she will remain a Congress party worker. “My intention was not to create a controversy in the party. What I have shared at the press conference was my experience during these years. I will work for the Congress and will remain a staunch Congress worker,” she added.
GCDA chairman N Venugopal, who first came out against Bhadra, said that it is not fair to criticise the party now after enjoying all the powers of a deputy mayor for five years. DCC president V J Paulose termed it an ingratitude on the part of the former deputy mayor. “It is really embarrassing to make such a comment while holding a key position of the party,” Paulose said.
Meanwhile, former Mayor Tony Chammany said these types of comments are expected only from third rate politicians. “What she informed us was that she opted for a job and didn’t ask for a seat in the local body election. We really didn’t expect a petty move from such a leader,” Chammany said.
CPM district secretary P Rajeev came to her support saying the Congress didn’t give her due consideration even when she has a strong political background. “The statement indicates the future of woman leaders in the Congress. The party should come out with an explanation if the revelations are wrong,” Rajeev added.
Asked about her entry into the CPM, Rajeev said that it was so early to comment on it.