Congress leader PC Chacko quits party ahead of Kerala polls; alleges groupism

PC Chacko, a Congress veteran, quit the party today, claiming that there was "no democracy left" in Congress and blaming everyone from the "high command" to the "low command." "There is no Congress party in Kerala as such," he said, adding that the party is divided into two factions. His sudden resignation, which comes just days before Kerala's state elections on April 6, is a major setback for the Congress party.

He told the media in Delhi that he had been thinking about it for a few days. Mr. Chacko, 74, is a former MP from Thrissur in Kerala and one of the Congress' top faces and spokespersons.