The Congress on Wednesday suffered a big setback in Kerala just ahead of Assembly elections as senior leader PC Chacko resigned from the party. Chacko left Congress alleging that he was being neglected.
Chacko reportedly handed over his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
"There is no Congress in Kerala. The party has been divided into two sections in the state," Chacko told reporters.
He also alleged that the Assembly seats for the upcoming elections were being squandered among the two sections of the party.
Chacko blamed the leadership for continuing to be a mute spectator. "Being a Congress leader in Kerala is very difficult. If you belong to some group in Congress then only you can survive in the party as leadership in the Congress is not much active."
He said in Kerala the party is divided between Oomen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, whom he blamed for the step he had to take.
"I have been deliberating about this in my mind for many days. There is no Congress in Kerala. There is one Congress (I) and one Congress (A). It is a coordination committee of two parties. Groupism is the biggest bane of Congress party in Kerala," said Chacko, who had resigned as Delhi Congress in-charge last year after the party failed to even a single seat in Delhi Assembly elections.
Polling on all 140 seats of Kerala Assembly is scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be conducted on May 2.