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Probe Chandy's role too, says Karunakaran

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THRISSUR, JUNE 4 . The senior Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, today demanded that the inquiry into the violent incidents at the KPCC Executive Committee meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday should also look into the role of the UDF convener, Oommen Chandy, in the incident.

Talking to reporters here, Mr. Karunakaran said: "I don't think A.K. Antony will do such a heinous thing and there is no indication to suggest that he had any role in the recent developments in the party."

He termed `absurd' the reported statement by Mr. Chandy that he (Mr. Chandy) had spoken to him (Mr. Karunakaran) on the move to bring the former KPCC general secretaries, Sharatchandra Prasad and Rajmohan Unnithan, to the venue of the Executive Committee meeting. "I don't have the tradition of seeking the presence of persons who have been suspended by the AICC at the Executive Committee meeting,'' he said. In this context, Mr. Karunakaran demanded that the inquiry also look into the role of those who had brought the suspended general secretaries there, including that of Mr. Chandy.

He denied reports that the KPCC acting president, P.P. Thankachan, had given permission to Mr. Sharatchandra Prasad and Mr. Unnithan to attend the meeting. "Mr. Thankachan told me they would not attend the meeting. He showed me the AICC order that made it clear that the party high command had only withdrawn their suspension from primary membership, and the question of their position was yet to be decided.

Emphasising the need for an impartial inquiry into the incidents, Mr. Karunakaran said there were suspicions that the whole issue was planned by Mr. Sharatchandra Prasad and Mr. Unnithan themselves. "Both of them have their own cars, but they came to the venue in an old Maruti van, as if the attack had been arranged. Mr. Karunakaran said it was doubtful whether Mr. Sharatchandra Prasad and Mr. Unnithan had been assaulted at all. "There are no media visuals showing them being attacked," he said in reply to a question.

Mr. Karunakaran said the agreement of unity between him and Mr. Antony, arrived at after the intervention of the party high command before the last Parliament elections, was still valid.

"There may be persons within the party who are upset by the unity between me and Mr. Antony, and the possibility of their involvement in the recent violent incidents cannot be ruled out," he said.

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