Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday held discussions with Congress leaders to iron out the differences in the party.
The loss of face of the government over various controversies was pointed out by the ‘I’ faction leaders who met the Congress president.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was targeted by K Muraleedharan MLA for being unable to manage his office. However, Muraleedharan was reportedly told not to irritate UDF coalition partners’, mainly the IUML. Rural Development Minister K C Joseph, a protege of ‘A’ group, said that a section in the party are siding with the Opposition to unleash a campaign against the government. Former minister and KPCC general secretary Pandalam Sudhakaran of the ‘I’ camp gave in writing that the reorganisation of the party up to the ward level is a must to reinvigorate workers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
He said that friction between Chandy and Ramesh is creating great difficulties down the line in the party. Though the common sentiment is that Ramesh should remain numero uno in the party, he underscored that inducting Ramesh into the Cabinet at this juncture will not be a good move and he should lead the party in the Lok Sabha polls.
Senior leader V M Sudheeran urged Sonia to see to it that the co-ordination between the government and the Congress party is put in the right place.
CSI bishop, South Kerala diocese, Dharmaraj Rasalam, PSC member Simi Rosebell John, former Governor M M Jacob, ex-MP A C Jose and other leaders also met Sonia.
In the afternoon, Sonia left for Mysore by a special aircraft.