Setback in LSG polls: Congress mulls makeover in district committees

Aneesh Jacob

Thiruvananthapuram: After facing a setback in the local body polls, Congress is planning to have a makeover in the committees. Though some senior leaders demanded reshuffle in the state leadership, the proposal was declined. AICC general secretary KC Venugopal informed that congress high command has also refused to change the leadership in Kerala. Hence, there will be no change in the KPCC leadership.

At the same time, AICC is planning to elect new DCC presidents. But it is not easy to implement such a decision immediately.

Earlier, the congress leadership appointed the district office bearers after holding discussions for many months. Though it is easy to remove the present office bearers, selecting new office bearers will be a tough task for the leadership.

As the assembly polls are round the corner, Congress must complete the reshuffle in the committee soon.

Though there are many reasons for the defeat of Congress in the local body polls, the members are demanding reshuffle in DCC level in the districts where the party failed miserably.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts are included among these districts.

New presidents should be elected for Palakkad, Wayanad and Ernakulam districts as the incumbent presidents want to vacate the post. Palakkad DCC president VK Sreenkandan wants to vacate the post after he got elected as MP.

Meanwhile, Wayanad DCC president MLA IC Balakrishnan and Ernakulam DCC president MLA TJ Vinod also expressed interest to vacate the president post. Hence, if new presidents are elected for these three districts, it will mark a mini reorganisation of Congress.

At the same time, it is criticised that the jumbo committees in the districts are not effective.

Following the local body poll results, leaders including K Muraleedharan, K Sudhakaran, PJ Kurian and Rajmohan Unnithan raised criticism against the state leadership. K Sudhakaran has recommended to disperse the jumbo committees and reshuffle the committees completely.

“Congress leaders who compete to become Chief Minister and ministers should realize the political situation,” said Muraleedharan.

On chances of a feud within the party following the criticisms, Mullappally Ramachandran, Ramesh Chennithala and Oommen Chandy held talks at KPCC headquarters. Following this meeting, the high command has given explanation hours before the KPCC political affairs committee meeting.

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