After facing a major setback in recently concluded Assembly elections, the Congress party in Kerala landed in a fresh controversy as a leading contractor in the state sent a legal notice to Congress president Sonia Gandhi for non-payment of dues. M/S Heather Constructions Managing Partner Rajeev who was given the contract of constructing Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram sent the legal notice to the party president for not paying the money even after giving a series of warning.
Heather Infrastructure’s advocate Baburaj said to Narada that the dues amount to Rs. 2.87 crores. “Some news outlets have reported that we have lodged an FIR.It is baseless. What we we have sent is a legal notice to the Congress chief for not paying the dues yet,” he added.
Many top Congress leaders from Kerala including Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies Chairman Ramesh Chennithala, former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president VM Sudheeran were also named in the legal notice.
Heather Constructions Managing Partner claimed that after giving the contract, the Kerala unit of the national party refused to pay him money citing lack of fund. The project which was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in October, 2015 is commissioned by former KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala.
Heather Constructions to move court over ‘non payment of dues amounting to Rs2.8cr over construction of Rajiv Gandhi’s statue at Neyyar Dam’
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 8, 2016
Earlier the Congress chief had requested its Kerala unit to settle the issue before it adversely affect the party image. However, the state unit failed to settle it by which the constructors compelled to move legally against the party.
According to the sources, the party failed to pay the dues because of the inner party politics and due to difference of opinion among the Kerala leaders regarding the project.
Meantime, the controversy has put the party into the trouble, which has been facing heat after its poor performance in the recent election.