Senior Congress leader and party's former Kerala President VM Sudheeran came under fire at the United Democratic Front meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, the first after the estranged Kerala Congress-Mani returned to the alliance.
Though Sudheeran, who had earlier attacked his party for gifting the Rajya Sabha seat, was absent, a peeved KC(M) chief KM Mani said that even if the Congress leader was present, he (Mani) would have told him on his face that he was a politician with "scruples and values and not one who jumps from one place to another for posts or positions".
As Mani continued to attack Sudheeran, state Congress President MM Hassan sought to soothe him by stating that what Sudheeran said was not the Congress' opinion.
Senior Congress legislator and former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran's son, K. Muraleedharan, who had slammed party leaders like former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and Hassan for gifting the seat to Mani, said that his initial response was against it, but later realising the rationale behind it, he changed his opinion.
Ever since Mani had been given the Rajya Sabha seat, Sudheeran had been vocal in his opposition, forcing several leaders to complain against him to the party high command.
On June 12 at the Executive Committee meeting of Congressâ€™s Kerala unit, the former state chief Sudheeran had come under severe attack, with some attributing the party's loss in 2016 assembly polls to his leadership.
The meeting was called to discuss the Congress defeat in the Chengannur assembly bye-election on May 28 and also the manner in which a Rajya Sabha seat was gifted to Kerala Congress-Mani, which returned to the Congress-led UDF.
It soon descended into a free for all with supporters of Sudheeran and the majority faction in the party led by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy taking on each another.