Ramesh's Cabinet Entry may not Yield Major Gains
By Mathew A Thomas | Published: 01st January 2014 08:44 AM |
Hasty moves at the instance of Congress high command for an image makeover of the UDF Government through the induction of KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala is poised to make Chief Minister Oommen Chandy a gainer at the end of the whole exercise, as he could silence all criticism from the ‘I’ camp of the party while Ramesh will also become burdened to shoulder any reverses which the government may face in future.
‘’His induction will definitely help to put up a united platform and face the Lok Sabha polls,’’ Chandy told ‘Express’. Apart from an eagerness to address the long-standing criticism on the communal imbalance in the cabinet after the fifth minister controversy and thereby satisfy the majority communities, the moves were fine-tuned and timed by Union Defence Minister A K Antony to cash in on the weakened position of the CPM and LDF which had cut a sorry figure after abandoning agitations midway.Though doubts were raised on how a reshuffle of the cabinet is possible when the budget session is round the corner,
Despite attempts to curry favour with the majority communities and score political gains for the UDF, indications are that it may not make much headway, as the pulls and strings are such that a please-all approach is virtually impossible. The growing divide between major community organisations’ NSS and SNDP is also influencing the net impact of the proposed minor reshuffle.
NSS is not much enthused by the entry of Ramesh into the cabinet. That K B Ganesh Kumar (KC-B), for whom the NSS leadership had reportedly thrown their weight behind, has not found a re-entry into the cabinet, is also notable.
The SNDP leadership has raised the banner of protest to move Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash to a new slot, while moves were afoot to give a new berth to Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Amid a thaw in the relations with Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the NSS is also keen on the political prospects of V S Sivakumar.‘’It is the Chief Minister who stands to gain much from the induction of Ramesh. In fact, Ramesh is a loser as a claim for chief ministership has to be put in the backburner,’’ pointed out a confidante of the KPCC president.
Gaining a political upper hand over the CPM and LDF may be a possibility which the cabinet reshuffle could bring in, but Chandy and Ramesh team will have to go a long way to mend fences with majority community organisations, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
The relationship between the Congress and the Christian community has also witnessed cracks.
A semblance of unity in the ‘A’ and ‘I’ fold of the Congress state unit is also likely, but how it is going to be transformed into results at the grassroots level remains to be seen.