Congress report on poll debacle suggests restructuring at grass root level

Anish Jacob

The report also said that the elder leaders tried to defeat younger candidates of the party.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The five regional committees of the state Congress party set up to analyse the Assembly election debacle said the party has lost its base in Kerala. The report suggested that the ground-level committees should be strengthened.

The report also said that the elder leaders tried to defeat younger candidates of the party. The candidature of K Muraleedharan in the Nemom constituency made BJP take a pro-LDF stance in some important constituencies, the report stated.

The preparations for the elections were poor. The issues occurred during local elections were not resolved. Decisions on candidates took longer than expected. Half of the DCC office bearers were inactive, it pointed out.

The decision of the previous government to include Nadar caste in the OBC list affected the elections in various constituencies. Unlike earlier, Muslim and Christian communities did not help UDF this time. The lack of Christian candidates in 46 seats in the Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad regions proves the lack of balancing in community representation.

The deep-sea fishing agreement controversy did not help in the coastal areas. Leaving of Kerala Congress (Mani) costed dearly in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts. P J Joseph faction could not fill in the gap. LDF secured the support of both Orthodox and Jacobite factions.

The report also said that the candidature of IUML leader Kunhalikutty created discomfort among people as he quit Lok Sabha membership to contest the Assembly polls.

The report was prepared by K A Chandran, K Mohankumar, P J Joy, V C Kabeer and Kurian Joy. Another committee to decide on the necessary actions on these reports may be formed later.

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