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RSP panel meet turns stormy

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The meeting of the RSP State committee here on Tuesday turned out to be a stormy affair with several members launching a scathing attack on party State secretary V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai.

Accusing Mr. Pillai of gross ineptitude, majority of the RSP panel members sought his resignation for his failure to keep the party in serious reckoning within the LDF and to secure more seats for the Assembly elections.

The State committee members were of the view that the party machinery had been remaining frozen over the last three years. The party had failed to secure a Rajya Sabha seat, which it would have got without much trouble, and also could not put up a spirited bid for a membership in the Kerala Public Service Commission. The failure to secure even one more seat for the Assembly elections at a time when most other allies got more seats was a shame, they said.

Some of the members were also critical of Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran and A.A. Aziz, MLA, who, they felt, had not done enough to ensure that the party received a better deal from the alliance leadership.

Although Mr. Pillai admitted to most of the charges levelled against him, there was no let-up in the attack. Peace was restored only after Mr. Premachandran pointed out that it would be inadvisable to press for the State secretary's resignation at a time when the party was bracing for a crucial election.

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