Thiruvananthapuram: Even as the Kerala unit of the Indian National Congress (INC) grapples with the ‘gifting’ of a Rajya Sabha seat to Kerala Congress (Mani), Indira Bhavan, the headquarters of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) in Thiruvananthapuram was put up for ‘sale’ on OLX on Saturday night.
The cheeky advertisement on the portal has been posted by one Aniesh and quotes Rs 10,000 as the ‘asking price’ for Indira Bhavan in Sasthamangalam area of Thiruvananthapuram.
The ad also gives out the photo and area of the property, saying it’s ready-to-move-in. The dealer also described in detail, the layout of the office in Velayambalam and mentioned that it was in a ‘ready to move’ condition for the buyer.
In a letter addressed to party President Rahul Gandhi, six MLAs wrote:
“I do express my utmost disappointment and strongest protest on the Kerala leaders’ decision to give away our Rajya Sabha seat to the Kerala Congress(M) party, which is not even a constituent of the UDF in Kerala as of now. This has betrayed the sentiments of the ordinary Congress workers in Kerala and is a huge humiliation to their spirit. I, therefore urge you to reconsider this catastrophic decision at the earliest and field a Congress candidate itself for the ensuing election.”
In a strong reaction, former KPCC president VM Sudheeran said: “The decision to give away the Rajya Sabha seat is disappointing. Congress workers are frustrated and disappointed at this unwise decision. This will lead to disaster for Congress and the ultimate beneficiary will be BJP. This was a unilateral decision by Kerala leaders without discussing at appropriate forums.”
The letter is endorsed by Congress MLAs including VT Balram, Shafi Parambil, Hibi Eden, Roji M John, KS Sabarinadhan and Anil Akkara.
The anger is directed mainly at senior leaders Chennithala and former CM Oommen Chandy. The next episode in the saga will unfold on Monday when the KPCC political committee meets in the state capital.