Opposition leader post: Congress leaders divided

Rajesh Koyikkal/Mathrubhumi News

New Delhi: A final decision on who would become the opposition leader is not taken yet, according to reports from Delhi. Though it was reported that VD Satheesan would be the new opposition leader, latest reports reveal that senior leaders have been strongly putting pressure on the High Command for Ramesh Chennithala.

The High Command is confused about the decision as the two groups in the state committee have been competing with each other in the name of Chennithala and Satheesan.

Though the Congress leadership approved the setback in Kerala, High Command examined that neither the party nor the opposition leader was inefficient in their activities.

The leadership observed the poll debacle in Kerala as an unexpected one. Hence, the High Command didn’t oppose bringing Ramesh Chennithala as the opposition leader for the second term.

But the young leaders have been demanding a new face to replace Ramesh Chennithala. This demand triggered confusion. Amidst this, senior leader Oommen Chandy extended support to Chennithala. Chandy's move placed the High Command in a topsy-turvy position.

Even High Command didn’t expect such a move from Oommen Chandy. High Command expected that Congress (A) group will recommend one name and ‘I’ group will propose another name.

But surprising all, Oommen Chandy recommended Chennithala’s name. When senior leaders joined hands irrespective of group politics, the youth in the party got united seeking a change. So, the High Command is facing a dilemma at present.

The opposition leader is responsible to bring the party and front together. Hence, Oommen Chandy gave priority to an experienced leader like Chennithala.

According to reports, a final decision on the opposition leader will be taken after holding talks with senior leaders.

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