The resignation of the former Home Minister of Kerala and stalwart Congress leader P T Chacko from the government headed by R Shankar in 1964 was orchestrated by the rival factions within the Congress party, writes Joseph Pulikunnel, in his autobiography. The late theologian and former Congressman Joseph Pulikunnel’s autobiography was published by DC Books in January 2020, two years after his death in December 2017.
Pulikunnel, then an Executive Committee member of the Kozhikode District Congress Committee (DCC) has revealed that the Sathyagraha undertaken by Congress MLA Prahladan Gopalan on January 30, 1964 in front of the Kerala Legislative Assembly demanding the resignation of Chacko was a result of a conspiracy hatched by the rival Congress group headed by the then Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President C K Govindan Nair.
P T Chacko was on his way to Peechi when his car knocked at a hand cart at East Fort in Trissur. However, he continued his journey without realising the small accident in the commotion of a church procession. Meanwhile, some onlookers had noticed Chacko in the car with a woman seated at the back. The news spread soon and some local Congress leaders went to Peechi and informed Chacko of the incident and, it was only then that Chacko came to know of the incident.