THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Venjarammoodu Sasi, the district secretary of the CPI who have been removed from the post following the ‘cash for seat controversy,’ has resigned from the party on Wednesday ending his 48-year-long association with the party.
In a statement issued here, he said it was unfortunate to drag him into the controversy over ‘gifting’ the party ticket to Bennet Abraham to contest from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency.
He pointed out that the decision to field Bennet Abraham was taken at a meeting attended by party secretariat members.
“Why did the secretariat fail to consider all aspects behind the candidature of Bennet Abraham. They have now admitted the lapses. But they haven’t resigned owning up the responsibility,” said Sasi in the statement.
He said that he alone could not decide a Lok Sabha candidate. He pointed out that the party-appointed probe panel has found that he had no role in accepting huge amount of money from Bennet and spending it.
The election committee secretary and state secretary of the party were the custodians of the fund. Election committee secretary P Ramachandran Nair has made it clear in the state executive committee.
He asked why the state secretary did not stop the leaders from collecting huge amounts in spite of having learnt about the money transactions.