THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pannian said cadre across the state have expressed deep anguish following media reports depicting the party leadership in poor light.
“Our party has a great name. We cannot allow anyone, whatever may be his position in the party, to tarnish it,” Pannian said.
Asked whether there was pressure on him to step down he parried it and reiterated that the state leadership had committed lapses. He denied that there was any mention of leaders accepting money in exchange for Lok Sabha seat for an outsider.
“I challenge you to show the copy of the inquiry commission report. I am sure that it has not been leaked. But some of the television channel reporters were seen reading documents as if it was the leaked copy of the report,” Pannian Ravindran said.
When pointed out that Venjarammoodu Sasi had stated his intention to sever his ties with the party, Pannian said he was not aware of the statement.