Seven Kerala MPs meet Venugopal: Complain about KPCC, demand withdrawal of show-cause notices

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New Delhi: Seven Lok Sabha members of the Congress party from Kerala on Monday met All India Congress Committee general secretary KC Venugopal to complain about the state leadership of the party. In the meeting held at his house here, they told Venugopal that the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leadership was making unilateral decisions.

They allege that KPCC president K Sudhakaran and opposition leader of the Kerala Assembly, VD Satheesan, are making their own lists of leaders for the district and block committee reorganisation which is underway.

They also demanded the withdrawal of the notices against MPs Raghavan and K Muraleedharan issued by KPCC. The delegation said that the notices were against convention.

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A few days back, Raghavan, during a meeting in memory of former Congress leader P Sankaran in Kozhikode, took a jibe at state leadership by saying that the party now tends to follow a “use and throw approach.”

Sudhakaran swiftly responded by calling the remarks 'inopportune and inappropriate'. KPCC submitted a report to the High Command. Venugopal also slammed Raghavan.

Meanwhile, Muraleedharan expressed his displeasure saying that the state leadership is taking decisions without consulting senior leaders in the party.

Meanwhile, factionalism continues to trouble leadership in the state Congress, with leaders like Raghavan siding with MP Shashi Tharoor, who recently crossed with state leadership over differences of opinions. Meanwhile, former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has distanced himself from KPCC president K Sudhakaran following his differences over the selection of AICC and KPCC members.

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