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Congress leader quits party

By Our Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM, APRIL 21. Close on the heels of the claim by the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, that the second rung leaders from the United Democratic front (UDF) would desert their organisation, a local Congress leader and former president of the Pampady block panchayat in the Puthuppally Assembly segment resigned from the party today.

Speaking to reporters here today, Vinayachandran Kottamangalam, who is the UDF leader in the block panchayat, said nearly 100 Congress activists in area joined him.

Mr. Vinayachandran resigned his block panchayat membership also.

He said dynastic politics and greed for power had become the feature of Congress politics and common workers had no place.

He alleged that the party had distanced itself from the people problems like the crisis in the agriculture sector and the leaders were squandering away the faith reposed in them by the people.

Presenting the rebel, the CPI(M) district secretariat member, V.N. Vasavan, said Mr. Vinayachandran and his supporters would work for the CPI(M) in the coming days.

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