Clamour for overhaul rings loud in Congress; Chennithala likely fall guy

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  A day after the ballot debacle, the floodgates of criticism have been unleashed inside the Congress social gathering. Amid the clamouring to overhaul the social gathering proper from the highest, Ramesh Chennithala’s workplace has modified his media WhatsApp group from that of the Opposition Leader to his personal title, hinting that he’s likely to go the baton to second rung leaders. Not all is properly inside the UDF allies both. 

Taking a cue from Ok Babu, who has been elected from Tripunithura, different outstanding leaders guilty the Congress management contains Shanimol Osman, who was defeated in Aroor, Idukki district president Ibrahimkutty Kallar, Dharmadom Congress candidate C Raghunath and Alappuzha district president M Liju, who has stepped down after his defeat in Ambalappuzha. 

A lot of social gathering leaders have already approached the Congress excessive command looking for a change of guard. While the central management continues their grim silence, solely A Ok Antony has brazenly reacted, terming the drubbing “unexpected”. But the ball stays in the courtroom of the central management on whether or not there shall be an overhaul on the social gathering and parliamentary social gathering ranges. 

“Chennithala will step down from the Opposition Leader’s role,” senior Congress chief informed TNIE.
“Once the parliamentary party meeting is convened, the new Opposition Leader will be chosen. The names mooted in party circles include Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, P T Thomas and V D Satheesan. It won’t be surprising if Chennithala is brought back as the Opposition Leader as he alone cannot be blamed for the defeat, particularly as he has an impeccable track record as the best Opposition Leader.” 

Satheesan, who’s recuperating after a bout of pneumonia, has big acceptance among the many rank and file of the social gathering due to his experience in dealing with advanced points with élan. Thiruvanchoor is probably the most senior chief after Oommen Chandy and Chennithala. Leaders like Raghunath have been clamouring for Kannur MP, Ok Sudhakaran, because the successor to Mullappally Ramachandran. 

But it’s uncertain whether or not the central Congress management will fall for that as a majority inside the social gathering doesn’t conform to Sudhakaran’s “style of functioning”. On Monday, the three central Congress secretaries entrusted with overseeing the electioneering in the state returned to their states after being closeted with their normal secretary (group) Ok C Venugopal. The management has additionally not determined when to carry the high-powered Political Affairs Committee assembly and in addition the UDF assembly to take inventory of the defeat.

Meanwhile, the RSP camp can also be in turmoil as that is the second time in a row that they’ve been routed in the polls. While a piece inside the RSP needs the social gathering to return to the Left fold, they allege N Ok Premachandran, MP, is in opposition to the transfer. He has his causes to remain put, significantly as Chief Minister-designate Pinarayi Vijayan had come out with the “scoundrel” (paranaari) comment in opposition to him in the course of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The RSP had crossed over to the UDF fold after being denied a ticket.

: DCC president M Liju has resigned from the submit in the wake of the defeat of the UDF in the district in the meeting elections. Liju submitted his resignation letter to KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran on Monday. “I have resigned taking the responsibility for the party’s debacle in the election,” the letter stated. The Congress, which had contested in eight seats in Alappuzha
 misplaced seven. Only the Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala received in the district.

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