Mohsina to hear views of Kerala leaders on Karunakaran's re-entry

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) AICC General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai will be in Kerala for three days from tomorrow, amid a raging debate within the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee over the williness expressed by former Chief Minister K Karuanakaran to return to the Congress Party.

Ms Kidwai, who was recently nominated as in-charge of party affairs in Kerala, today held a lengthy discussion with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

During their meeting, the change of mind of Mr Karunakaran, who served the party for nearly seven decades in different capacities, including Chief Minister for three terms, figured prominently in the context of several state leaders meeting them and expressing their views on whether the 90-year-old leader should be tre-admitted to the party or not.

When contacted, Ms Kidwai did not give any details about her agenda during the Kerala visit, the first after she took over the charge of party affairs in the state.

However, sources close to her said she would try to know the viewpoints of state leaders on the question of re-admitting Mr Karunakaran.

Ms Kidwai is not likely to meet Mr Karunakaran at Thiruvananthapuram as many top leaders, including former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and PCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala are not inclined to see him back in the party.

Mr Chandy and Mr Chennithala claimed that they together succeeded in eliminating groupism from the faction-ridden state Congress since Mr Karunakaran left the party along with his son and former PCC Chief K Muralidharan.

Ms Kidwai would codify the responses from the state leaders with regard to the idea of re-admitting Mr Karunakaran and present it before Ms Sonia Gandhi.

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