“I was not appointed on reservation benefit. I am a Congressman from top to bottom. I have respect for all," he said.

Sudheeran’s failure to meet NSS General Secretary Sukumaran Nair, when he went to the outfit’s headquarters to pay homage to veteran leader Mannnathu Padmanabhan on February 25, had triggered a controversy.
    
Nair had termed Sudheeran’s act as an ‘insult’ to NSS, a powerful body of the forward Nair community in the state.
   
Replying to the reception accorded to him by Kozhikode District Congress Committee after he became the PCC chief, Sudheeran asked the party workers to work unitedly to bring victory for the Congress and UDF in the Lok Sabha polls.

“The doors of Congress party are open and all those who accept the policies of the Congress party are welcome to it,” he said.
   
Former KPCC president and state Home Minister Chennithala alleged that there were difference of opinion in LDF and the front was facing a political debacle.
   
Lashing out at the CPI (M), he alleged the party has moved away from the people because of its ‘wrong policies’.
   
Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran on his part claimed UDF will more seats than what it did in the previous polls.
   
In the 2009 polls, UDF won 16 of 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Congress won 13 of the 17 seats that it contested and its allies won all three seats that they contested.

(Agencies)

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