THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress in Kerala is also in bad shape like in other states as seen from the comment made by interim party president Sonia Gandhi at the leadership meet in New Delhi about the style of work of the leaders and the rampant factionalism in the party.
Sonia Gandhi hit out at leaders who have become a liability and regretted that the Congress could get only 52 seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections. It won 15 seats in Kerala due to the 'Rahul Gandhi wave' and the Sabarimala backlash against the LDF government.
Former KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran, in a Facebook post, criticised the group leaders for squeezing in their favourites who lacked winnability.
"The Congress in Kerala would have got another 10 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections instead of the 22 seats it got if winnable candidates were fielded. If the leaders do not realise their mistakes, things will worsen," Sudheeran told DC.
KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran has worked without a committee so far. He has failed to revamp the party thanks to group pressures. While 'A' group leader Oommen Chandy has softened his stand on 'one man, one post,' the 'I' group led by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala wants to accommodate his group MLAs.
"The three leaders have not sat together to finalise the KPCC revamping. Once the Pala by-election is over, the Election Commission will notify the remaining by-elections. Consequently, there will be further delay in restructuring the KPCC," said a Congress leader....