Rift in Kerala NCP after speculations of PSC membership being sold, Sharad Pawar summons state leaders

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Rift in Kerala NCP after speculations of PSC membership being sold, Sharad Pawar summons state leaders

The ongoing rift in Kerala’s Nationalist Congress Party seems to grow wider with the issue of nomination of members to the Kerala Public Service Commission (K- PSC).

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In a recent development, party state president P C Chacko courted controversy for allegedly ‘selling’ the PSC membership to a newcomer in the party. The party faction led by Minister A K Saseendran and the former state president are visibly unhappy with this move.

According to a senior office bearer of the party, who did not wish to be identified, what is happening inside the party is nothing but “blatant sale”.

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“Every party in the coalition is entitled to nominate people of their choice to the PSC. Often, all parties designate a person who is rather senior and holds a key position in the party. Moreover, the nominee would be a full-time member of the party. But in this case all the party norms have been violated”, he told India Today.

The controversy began after NCP state President P C Chacko decided to nominate the secretary of the party’s women’s wing as a PSC member.

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The rival faction claimed that the person joined the women’s wing of the party just six months back and was not a full-time member of NCP.

“The party does not have a tradition of nominating representatives for affiliated organizations like the women’s wing or youth wing. In such cases, the person would be a senior member of the party with direct party membership. Moreover, this person came to the organisation by bribing some senior leaders. A close aide of the state president has taken Rs 50 lakhs as bribe from this lady to nominate her as PSC member,” alleged an irked NCP leader from the rival faction.

The party-state leadership is yet to respond to this controversy. It is learned that President P C Chacko met LDF convenor A Vijayaraghavan and CPI (M) Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan regarding the deadlock in nomination of PSC members.

Both the leaders told Chacko to resolve the discontent in the party first. Chacko then met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with the issue. The latter suggested that he discuss the issue with the LDF convener. The A K Saseendran faction is of the view that the PSC nominee must be a full-time member of the party.

The national leadership of the party had chipped in to resolve the crisis and four senior leaders from the state, including P C Chacko and A K Saseendran were summoned to Mumbai.

The meeting scheduled for January 26 was canceled after both Sharad Pawar and A K Saseendran contracted Covid.

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