Congress leader KV Thomas to take part in CPI(M) seminar

The CPI(M) had also invited Shashi Tharoor, but he turned it down since AICC chief Sonia Gandhi objected to it

Congress leader KV Thomas

Violating the stringent directive of the Congress leadership, senior party leader and former union minister KV Thomas on Thursday announced that he would take part in a seminar being organised in Kannur by the ruling CPI(M) as part of its ongoing party congress.
Thomas, however, made it clear that he would not quit the party.

“I am not going to take part in a CPI(M)s political programme but in a national seminar. Issue is more important for me, not politics,” he told reporters.

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Besides Thomas, the CPI(M) had invited Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor also for their seminar scheduled as part of the party congress in northern Kannur district. However, AICC chief Sonia Gandhi had prevented Tharoor from attending the event when the permission was sought for the same.

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Thomas was also asked by the party high command not to participate in the Left party’s programme at a time when both the ruling and opposition fronts were at loggerheads over various issues especially on the SilverLine rail corridor project in Kerala.

KPCC chief K Sudhakaran even warned him of stern disciplinary action if took part in the CPI(M) seminar.

With Agency inputs

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