Congress Leadership in Kerala given a free hand to revamp party

With the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leadership setting its agenda for reorienting the party, the central leadership appears to have refused to entertain the growing discontentment with the new dispensation in the State unit.

That former All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief Rahul Gandhi during his one-day visit to the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday declined to grant audience to disgruntled leaders to discuss the unprecedented changes showed that the central leadership is against disturbing the existing equilibrium in the party.

The resignation of senior leader V.M. Sudheeran from the political affairs committee and subsequently the AICC, the central leadership believes it will not have any major impact on the organisational structure. The sane voice of former KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran also failed to canvass opinion following the shift in the party’s internal dynamics,

They also felt that the troika of KPCC president K. Sudhakaran, Leader of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan, and AICC general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal really meant business even if the old guard was left in the cold.

Having retested and lost the Chandy-Chennithala binary in the Assembly polls, the party high command is geared up to meet any eventuality that may arise out of desertion, resignation, or open rebellion.The failed experiment has shown that none of the Congress leaders have a large-scale fervent following in the State. Mr. Chennithala, the central leadership observes, has only pockets of influence, while the popularity image of Mr. Chandy is beginning to fade.

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