The DCC office
Kozhikode: The DCC office at Wayanad road that bears the memories of over 50 years will be demolished for renovation purposes. The Congress had to spend Rs 2.5 crore to get back the 38 cent of land and the building over a debt of Rs 2,000.
In 1969, the Congress split at the national level. The building near Mananchira that served as the DCC office till then became the office of the Indian National Congress (Organisation). For some time after the split, the Congress (I) DCC office was in a building at Kannur road.
The land for DCC office at Wayanad road was brought under the efforts of VP Kunjirapakurup, AC Shanmughadas and EP Achukutty Nair.
One of the four people who sold the land had loaned Rs 2,000 from Maniyedath Balan. The money was not returned, so a lawsuit was filed in court. Shanmughadas was the DCC president at the time.
In 1978, when the Congress split again, this building was the DCC office of Congress (I). The party led by AK Antony, Vyalar Ravi and others was part of the LDF at the time.
Antony and others later merged with Congress (I). The building again became the office of Congress (I) in 1982. Court proceedings were ongoing. The court notices were addressed to K Shanmughadas, who was the former DCC president.
The Congress leaders got legal advice to not send replies to notices addressed to Shanmughadas or appear before the court regarding them. Shanmughadas was with Congress (S) at the time.
Balan received the land and the building after a court ruling. The case was then fought for decades and even reached the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, officials came for attachment of the land. Former DCC president KC Abu said that the then chief minister EK Nayanar helped in delaying the attachment process.
PS Sreedharan Pllai, the present Governor of Goa, was appearing for Balan in the court. Given that the Congress has a connection to the building, he suggested requesting compensation instead of requisition.
A committee headed by KC Abu bought the building after paying compensation of Rs 2.5 crore.
The building that carries several of such memories and moments will be demolished for renovation. Till the completion of the new four-storey building, the DCC office will be shifted to a building in West Hill.