KOTTAYAM: A couple of days after severing ties with the Kerala Congress (M), former MP and dissident leader Francis George has said that he and his team would give a rebirth to Kerala Congress party instead of reviving their previous splinter group Kerala Congress (Joseph). Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Francis said a state committee meeting of the new party would be held on Wednesday in Eranakulam to chalk out their plans.
According to him, Wednesday’s meeting, to be held at YMCA hall at 2.30 pm, would take decisions on party’s name and its new functionaries. Francis reiterated that Joseph faction did not get due consideration in KC (M). He also stood firm on his allegation that KC(M) chairman K M Mani had plans to forge an alliance with the BJP after the Assembly elections. “We came to know from reliable sources that K M Mani will be making a political move after the election. However, we don’t have documented evidence to prove Jose K Mani’s meeting with BJP national president Amit Shah. But we have learnt it from reliable sources,” he said. Francis added that Kerala Congress could never make any tie-up with RSS or BJP. “We decided to quit KC (M) not in search of seats in the Assembly elections. The party will decide later on who all will contest in the election, and which will be their seats,” he said. Francis also expressed hope that previous leader of their faction, P J Joseph, would soon join their fold.