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Congress factions keen on removing V M Sudheeran

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | CYNTHIA CHANDRAN
Published Aug 10, 2016, 1:58 am IST
Updated Aug 10, 2016, 7:20 am IST
V M Sudheeran
 V M Sudheeran

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress leaders belonging to the ‘A’ faction are keen on organisational elections contrary to the AICC decision. Prominent ‘A’ group leaders are contemplating a meeting with the AICC leadership soon to raise the issue as they fear KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran would benefit otherwise. Though the ‘I’ group also is of the same view, they are not accepting it openly.

Following an unofficial meeting with KPCC secretaries on Monday, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala cancelled the proposed meeting with general secretaries on Tuesday. A prominent ‘I’ group leader told DC that he cancelled the second day's meeting due to media reports, fearing a backlash. Both factions do not want Mr Sudheeran to hang on and facilitate nominations.

When Mr Chennithala, Mr Sudheeran and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy were summoned to New Delhi for talks last week, they had agreed to party revamping. A leader close to CWC member A.K. Antony told DC that the AICC was perplexed with the change of mind now. “Day by day Congress is becoming more debilitated as they are unable to hold any real protests against the LDF. AICC leadership is surprised by the change of stand. But a leader like Mr Antony will not agree to the whims and fancies of Mr Chandy or Mr Chennithala,” he said.

Mr Antony and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi are looking forward to seeing dynamic leaders stall the growth of the BJP and corner the LDF government. But what is worrying them is the lack of unity among the three seniors. Despite their dictum, there has been no respite for 'I' group conclaves. With the current turn of events, a section of the state leaders irrespective of group equations hopes Mr Gandhi will be firm in his stand to go for nominations.

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Location: India, Kerala




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