Jumbo committees to be dismantled; Congress to reorganize district committees

Rajesh Koyikkal

Ramesh Chennithala, Mullappally Ramachandran, Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Following the revamp in Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leadership, the High Command is moving to quash the jumbo committees. A decision regarding this will be taken after consulting the new KPCC leadership. The party leadership has also decided to replace the DCC presidents.

The High Command decided to revamp the party leadership in Kerala after the poll debacle. The High Command directed to dismantle the jumbo committees soon after electing K Sudhakaran as the new KPCC chief.

Jumbo committees were active in KPCC for a long-time. This practice continued when Ramesh Chennithala, VM Sudheeran and Mullappally Ramachandran served as the president.

The presence of jumbo committees often led to sharing of posts between the Congress ‘A’ and ‘I’ groups.

Over 300 office-bearers including 10 vice presidents, 44 general secretaries, 96 secretaries and 175 executive members were in the party as part of the jumbo committees. It was criticised that majority of them were not active in party.

When Mullappally Ramachandran got elected as KPCC chief, he decided to quash the jumbo committees. But he was forced to cancel the decision due to pressure from the ‘A’ and ‘I’ groups. But this time, the High Command has given strict directions to execute the order.

Hence, the KPCC leadership must dismantle the jumbo committees within 6 months and select new office-bearers. The High Command also directed to give priority to performance while selecting the new office-bearers.

The High Command is mulling for reorganisation in District Congress Committee (DCC) level too.

Though the members demanded a change in DCC leadership following the poll debacle, pressure from the groups foiled the move. Some of the party members also opined that sudden change in the leadership will affect the confidence of the DCC chiefs.

Apart from this, talks on selecting UDF convener is also in progress. It is hinted that either the state committee or the High Command can take decision on the UDF convener as per the report filed by Tariq Anwar. Directions were given to select the new convenor after consulting the allies.
At present, KV Thomas is considered for the post of UDF convener.

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