Jayanth denies allegations that he slapped Niyas
Denying the allegations of slapping his party colleague Adv P M Niyas on the face, an emotional KPCC joint secretary K Jayanth said the former had blown the issue out of proportion to ruin his political career and to defame the Congress party.
At a press conference here on Saturday, Jayanth said the minor scuffle that occurred between him and Niyas at the Kozhikode Guest House on October 20, around 10.30 pm, was related to a discussion on fielding Niyas as the party candidate in the upcoming elections to the Calicut University Syndicate.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and Congress leaders Chacko, N Subramanian and Moosa, who were engaged in separate discussions inside the room, did not notice the incident, he said. “A lot of allegations had come up against Niyas while he was a member of the nominated Syndicate of Calicut University. In the wake of this, I have conveyed my apprehensions to the party leaders against fielding Niyas as the candidate again.
Amidst our meeting with the KPCC president, Niyas directed me to a corner of the room and questioned my stand against him. As I stuck to my stand, Niyas turned violent and caught my collar. Naturally, I pushed his hand away from my shirt,” he said. “Noticing the incident,” Jayanth said, “the KPCC president asked us to leave the room and directed KPCC general secretary N Subramaniyan to sort out issues between myself and Niyas, if any. He told us not to behave childishly.”
Asked why he kept mum on the incident for a week, Jayanth said, “For me, it is only a minor incident. We are not enemies but members of the same party and have been working together for the past 25 years. I did not want to put the party in trouble at a time when elections are round the corner. But as Niyas deliberately made it a controversy, I decided to explain the truth.”