Power struggle inside Congress leaves opposition vulnerable in Kerala

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Ramesh Chennithala and VD Satheesan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The ongoing rift between opposition leader VD Satheesan and senior leader Ramesh Chennithala has worsened the crisis inside Congress. The dispute is now a weapon for the ruling front to weaken the opposition.

The issue that troubles the opposition is finding a middle ground between the senior leaders inside the party. Former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala voicing his opinion without taking consideration of the party leadership is viewed by many as a power struggle inside the party. VD Satheesan and KPCC president K Sudhakaran faced setbacks inside the party, with Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy taking a different stand on various issues and policy announcements.

The Sudhakaran-Satheesan team has been restructuring the party. While Chennithala continued to raise issues against the government, Chandy, on the other hand, confined the reactions to where they needed. Chenniaathala's statements often concern the party leadership as he releases them without prior discussions inside the party.

Chennithala's recent statement on bringing a resolution against the Lok Ayukta amendments in the Assembly irked top brass. Following this, Sudhakaran denied reports of a rift inside the party.

Meantime, Chennithala has made it clear that he will continue to raise similar issues in public. There are indications that Chennithala is bridging the gap with Sudhakaran by saying that he is getting a lot of support from him.

However, it is still unclear how the dispute will affect the reorganization in the state. The state leadership is gearing up for revamping DCC and other lower committees ahead of the state-level organisational election.

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