Karunakaran meets Sonia, demands fair deal to his men

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New Delhi, Jun 2 (UNI) After a long wait, veteran Congress leader K Karunakaran seems to have got a promise of fair deal from the Party High Command to his supporters who returned to the party along with him after four years of estrangement.

The 92-year-old leader held discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence on posts and positions to his supporters who are waiting for a suitable accommodation in the party apparatus at the state and district levels for the past six months.

Mr Karunakaran told mediapersons after the meeting that he sought the intervention of Ms Gandhi as there was a delay in accommodating his men in the party's organizational set up.

The issue could have been settled at the state level, but there was delay on the part of the state leadership, he said.

Asked if he discussed the Congress-IUML spat in Kerala, he said the Muslim League was the second biggest partner of the UDF.

"I will intervene if those who were already entrusted by the Party High Command with the task of settling the issue, don't succeed." Mr Karunakaran was inducted into the CWC as a Permanent Invitee on April 25, but the delay in giving berths to his supporters apparently worried the three-time Chief Minister of Kerala.

He attended the CWC meeting on Saturday for the first time in nearly four years when he had estranged relationship with the party and had floated his own political outfit ''Democratic Indira Congress.'' More UNI SH MIR AS1403

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