Chennithala a reluctant minister in waiting

Published: 26th July 2013 08:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2013 08:50 AM   |  A+A-

Chandy with Chennithala-EPS

With a reshuffle of the Oommen Chandy Cabinet becoming almost certain in the not-too-distant future as a fallout of the solar scam, the shift in  the role of KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala as a minister is going to be a forced affair at the instance of  the Congress high command.

Ramesh is not that keen to join the Cabinet at this juncture. The  ‘I’ faction arraigning behind Ramesh is also skeptical, citing bitter experiences of  the past as well as the fact that he would have to unnecessarily bear the yolk for  the ‘solar sin’.

However, the ‘I’ faction feels that Ramesh will have no other option but to yield to the high command diktat tuned by party president Sonia Gandhi.

The hardliners in the ‘A’ faction, who had opposed the entry of  Ramesh into a prime slot in the government earlier, have no issue this time.

It is believed that senior  Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony is also reportedly keen to see  an end to the crisis. “When I met him in New Delhi a couple of days ago, he asked me to prevail upon Ramesh,” said Joseph Vazhakkan MLA, a confidant of the KPCC president.

Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia, is expected to play a key role  in facilitating an image makeover for  the Chandy Ministry.

Ramesh reportedly wants to ensure that in the event of his entry into the Cabinet, his successor should be of  his choice. Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan’s name is being sounded by Ramesh as KPCC president. 

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