Kerala: Former Union Minister KV Thomas sacked from Congress for ‘anti-party activities’

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The Congress on Thursday 12 May expelled senior leader and former Union Minister KV Thomas from the party. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president K Sudhakaran said Thomas has been dismissed from the party for alleged anti-party activities. The decision to expel Thomas from the party has been taken with the consent of the All India Congress Committee.

KV Thomas made the announcement after sharing the stage with CPI(M) leader and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a by-poll meeting of the Left-led Front in Kochi. Sudhakaran made an announcement regarding expulsion of KV Thomas from Congress in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Significantly, the Congress party is going to organize a three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur from Friday, March 13. Earlier on May 11, KV Thomas had announced that he would campaign for Left Democratic Front candidate Dr. Joe Joseph in the upcoming by-election to Thrikkakara Assembly Constituency.

KV Thomas to campaign for LDF candidate

Talking to ANI, Thomas said that he will work for Joe Joseph in the by-election. He had said that he has taken a decision for the development of the state and the country. However, he had reiterated that he would not leave the party. Addressing a press conference in Kochi, KV Thomas said, “I have always been a Congressman… I will neither leave Congress nor join any other party. I am a Congressman in the election campaign of LDF. I’m taking part too.” Launching a scathing attack against the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), he alleged that there was a deliberate attempt to isolate them unnecessarily.

Congress removes KV Thomas from state political affairs committee

Earlier in April, KV Thomas had participated in a seminar organized by the CPI(M) in Kannur, defying the Congress party’s decision. According to ANI, the Congress Disciplinary Committee had in recent days sent a notice to KV Thomas for public conduct against party lines, after he attended a seminar organized by the CPI(M). The Congress Disciplinary Committee removed KV Thomas from the State Political Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee.


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