THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state Congress leaders are nervous about the party's prospects in the Assembly elections in 2021 with the BJP making rapid strides in various constituencies. They have put off plans to revamp the party with by-elections to be held soon in Vattiyoorkavu, Konni, Aroor, Ernakulam, Pala and Manjeshwaram.
KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran had held unofficial talks with Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and AICC general secretary Oommen Chandy about the revamp in the last few months. The 21-member political affairs committee and the KPCC office- bearer also discussed it. Though party president Rahul Gandhi had visited Wayanad after the elections, no talks were held on the matter though Mullapally and Chennithala hoped to take it up with him.
Sources in New Delhi told DC that KPCC leadership was in the dark about the itinerary of Rahul Gandhi, which is prepared by his office staff.
"Hence, no talks on party revamping or the by-elections took place. Rahul Gandhi is not now available for such discussions now," said the source.
With the appointment of senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Rahul may spare more time for organisational issues. K.C. Venugopal, who is the AICC's organisational general secretary, is also expected to take up the revamping issue seriously. Mullapally, who held talks with CWC member A. K. Antony in Delhi on Monday, will return on Wednesday....