THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ led by KPCC president V M Sudheeran will be taken out from Kumbala in Kasargod on Monday, flagging off the ‘jatha season’ for various political outfits ahead of the Assembly polls, which is four months away.
The jatha is expected to derive a new-found synergy for both the groupism-ridden Congress and UDF against the backdrop of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s prescription for ensuring ‘absolute unity’ and ‘putting a joint foot’ for a ‘repeat victory for UDF,’ during her recent visit to the state.
She had issued the writ to all concerned after interacting with leaders of various constituent parties of the UDF. The ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ will be followed by separate jathas of front partners and thereafter with collective UDF district conventions and rallies in February, once the KPCC jatha culminates for the finale in the state capital on February 9.
Sudheeran is set to don the role of captain for the month-long march covering all the 140 Assembly segments, even when the divide in the Congress is yet to be bridged. The major ‘A’ and ‘I’ factions haven’t forgiven him for allegedly engineering his own motley group in the party. In an uncharacteristic vein, the KPCC president had left many on a swing when he announced jumbo DCC committees recently, earning criticism that he is more concerned about the success of personal initiatives.
Even then, post-Sonia visit dyed unity thread, knotting Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Sudheeran may be a big boost for the party, if successfully taken down to the grassroots. The moot question of who will lead the government if elected again was also put at rest recently.
Congress mandarins are determined to cash in on its supreme court-approved liquor policy, which they believe would strike a chord with womenfolk in a rewarding way. “It is for the first time a jatha held anywhere in the country after the Narendra Modi Government came to power, is highlighting resistance to intolerance and fascist-communal designs as one of its planks,” Sudheeran said.
The jatha has also mapped ways to arouse people’s opinion against the politics of violence and killings and the negative approach followed by some quarters on development, to set ground for a debate and seasoning a campaign stock. Chief minister Oommen Chandy will launch the ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ by handing over the flag to Sudheeran with Ramesh Chennithala in the presidential chair,at 4 pm,on Monday. AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik will deliver the keynote address.