CUC project of Congress in Kerala bites the dust, semi-cadre pursuit in limbo

M B Babu

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Thrissur: The much-hyped CUC project (Congress Unit Committee) seemingly failed to yield the desired results.

The project was officially launched on October 2, 2021. Over 50,000 CUCs were constituted in districts across Kerala to embrace a semi-cadre system and strengthen the Congress.

The CUC aimed at nurturing discipline and obedience within the party. Initially, in line with the functioning of cadre parties: party study classes, the survey of supporting members, craft workshops, house visits, and camps were organised extensively, filling enthusiasm and excitement among the party workers.

But it gradually lost the momentum it had. Various ‘groups’ and leaders continued to lobby for their selfish interests. Disheartened by this loyalists and sincere workers left the party, handing a major blow to the project.

CUC was rolled out as the ‘dream project’ of KPCC President K Sudhakaran straight after he assumed office. KPCC leadership had even conducted three surveys before its introduction for analysing the real problems within.

As part of the project, several study classes and camps were organised by the party’s resource teams at the district and state levels. Halls and projectors were booked for the purpose. In short, a lot of money was spent in this regard. Sadly, a few selfish leaders plotted the downfall of the project.

However, it is known that the Congress leadership in the state has not completely given up on the project. They are preparing for a major revamp in June by restructuring the booth committees across the state. The move is expected to infuse new life into the currently underperforming CUCs. With 5,000 CUC units, Malappuram stands at the top of the list of districts with the maximum number of CUCs.

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