Thiruvananthapuram: Congress victory in the Karnataka assembly has given fresh hopes. It was in fact a much-needed win for a party that has been facing back-to-back electoral defeats. The victory also gives a copybook reference for the party’s Kerala leg, which seems troubled from the leadership level to the grassroots.
Congress in Karnataka was united despite difference of opinion. Two chieftains—Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC president DK Shivakumar, were particular that getting power was the first priority. Then only cames the question of positions to assume.
Instead of giving seats to loyalists, they chose candidates based on winnability factor. The leadership ensured trust and plugged backstabbing. Apparently in Kerala, more than three leaders are eyeing for chief minister’s post. This is where Siddaramaiah- Shivakumar pair stand as a role model.
Shivakumar was successful in reorganising the state unit and energised it for elections in a meticulous manner. In Kerala, two years have passed and KPCC which claimed about semi-cadre revamp has not yet completed reorganisation. Even the case of block presidents remains undecided.
Congress leadership in Karnataka was able to overcome the burden of factionalism and petty quarrels of party insiders that leaves Kerala side functioning in a stalemate.
Interestingly, Karnataka leadership discarded the old card of fighting BJP’s Hindutva with its soft Hindutva. Instead, it pulled out its secular card. This is more relevant to the Kerala leg as BJP has been trying to woo the Christian community.