Thiruvananthapuram: A screening committee of senior leaders is likely to be constituted to defuse tensions in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and restart the much-delayed reorganisation of the party. Opposition leader VD Satheesan, KPCC president K Sudhakaran, Ramesh Chennithala and UDF convener MM Hassan are the probable members of the committee.
Meanwhile, an agreement is said to have been reached on the election of DCC office bearers, block presidents, and mandalam presidents in the state. As per the latest decision, the state committee will hear disputes over the names recommended to the district committees as part of party reorganisation.
In the past several months, senior leaders in Kerala complained about being kept in the dark about party reorganisation. Several party leaders, including MPs K Muraleedharan and MK Raghavan, publicly criticised the state leadership. KPCC issued show cause notices to them. As things got out of hand, the high command intervened to resolve the crisis. Later, a meeting was held with MPs from Kerala, KC Venugopal and Kerala in-charge Tariq Anwar.
Prior to the meeting, Venugopal also spoke with former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and MM Hassan. They are part of the screening committee in the capacity of former opposition leader and UDF convenor. The party is trying to avoid painting them as group leaders to prevent the campaign that groups are getting legitimised again.
Sudhakaran was against a new committee outside the party's official structure. He stated that office bearers' meetings are regularly held to address matters inside the party. However, the leaders agreed to form the committee based on the convention.