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In a statement here today, Mr. Jayachandran, a former Chief Secretary, said that Mr. Karunakaran, who had earned the reputation of being a strong and effective administrator and a leader of men, had reduced himself to the status of a mere factional leader through his incessant criticism of the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony.
He said that Mr. Karunakaran had repeatedly proved that he was always driven by the ambition of enthroning his close relatives rather than the interests of his coterie. Mr. Jayachandran said that the Congress high command was to be partly blamed for Mr. Karunakaran's reticent positions, which bordered on party indiscipline. The high command had been applying a different set of rules while handling Mr. Karunakaran.
Mr. Jayachandran wondered how many MLAs would stand with Mr. Karunakaran if the AICC was to take strong action against them and what were the objective of all those individuals and groups which claim to be with him.
Mr. Jayachandran said that Mr. Karunakaran was a leader who used to stick to his decision irrespective of whether it was right or wrong. He had always maintained that he would continue to be in the Congress. But his actions and statements during the last two years were ones, which did not behove a Congressman. His moves during the last two years of UDF rule appeared to have been mainly intended to depose Mr. Antony. He had always maintained that he would continue to point out the lapses in the administration, but he had always done this using the media, Mr. Jayachandran lamented.
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