Nation Current Affairs 19 Aug 2019 KPCC revamp fails on ...

KPCC revamp fails on deadline

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | CYNTHIA CHANDRAN
Published Aug 19, 2019, 5:46 am IST
Updated Aug 19, 2019, 5:46 am IST
Congress Working Committee member A. K. Antony has descended on the state capital as Congress leaders allegedly sought his intervention.
A. K. Antony
 A. K. Antony

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC revamping has come to a standstill. Its president Mullapally Ramachandran could not keep the deadline following lack of cooperation by group leaders.

Congress Working Committee member A. K. Antony has descended on the state capital as Congress leaders allegedly sought his intervention.

 

Initially, the organisational restructuring was to complete by the end of July, but it got extended to Aug 20.

Even though Mr Ramachandran is keen to see it happening, Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala have not been wholeheartedly cooperating.

Mr Chandy is keen on retaining efficient leaders from the existing committee.  A decision is still pending on the size of the committee.

The two-time chief minister had been championing for a compact panel against the usual jumbo committee.

"There is still confusion prevailing on whether the existing secretaries should be given a promotion or not. Similarly, there is uncertainty on the possibility of accommodating 14 previous DCC presidents holding no posts for more than three years now," said an MLA.

Mr Chandy wants a combination of 20 general secretaries and vice-presidents taken on board. Mr Ramachandran has gone slightly liberal, suggesting that it can go up to 26.

But Mr Chennithala is feeling the heat from his loyalists. Unable to say 'No' he suggests an even higher number of 30.

He wants MLAs V. D. Satheesan, V. S. Sivakumar and A. P. Anil Kumar in the new committee.

A senior general secretary said there was a "stagnation" in the party ever since the Lok Sabha elections.

"Despite Mullapally insisting on a new committee before the imminent by-elections, it has not gathered steam so far," he told DC.

"It is not going to be easy to go ahead if there is a further delay in organisational revamping. With the arrival of Mr Antony, hopefully, things would gather momentum."

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