Volley of Charges Raised at KPCC Executive Meet - The New Indian Express

Volley of Charges Raised at KPCC Executive Meet

Published: 23rd April 2014 08:07 AM

Last Updated: 23rd April 2014 10:35 AM

The KPCC executive meeting held here on Tuesday to evaluate the performance of the party in the Lok Sabha election, based on the  reports filed by various DCCs, turned out to be a ground to settle scores between a few individual leaders.

Though the meet commenced on an introspective mood, with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC president V M Sudheeran setting the tone, once the DCC reports were presented, skeletons came tumbling out of the cupboard. Chandy said that though the UDF had an upper hand in the outset, it came down in the second phase of the poll campaigning.

“However, the UDF will gain an impressive victory in the end,” he said. Sudheeran was equally assertive that the UDF candidates would surely pick a minimum of 15 seats. “In the remaining five seats, anything could happen,” Sudheeran said.

Later, briefing mediapersons, Sudheeran said that the discussions were very effective.  “After assessing all advantages and shortcomings, the meet came to the conclusion that UDF victory is assured in 15 seats and the rest cannot be written off either,” he said. “At the same time, organisational weakness at the grassroots-level was detected in a few areas. The meet has decided to rectify it,” he said.

Sudheeran, however, skipped the critical points raised by many at the meet, in the news conference.

A slew of charges were raised against leaders in the Idukki segment, especially ‘I’ faction and Kerala Congress leaders, eventually leading to an assessment that there was a heavy drain in votes, which could even play spoilsport on the final outcome. The report presented by DCC president Roy K Paulose was highly critical of the role played by a few clergymen.

Likewise, the report presented by the Alappuzha DCC was loaded with charges against the SNDP, criticising that its leadership was working overtime to defeat the UDF candidate. SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan had given a casteist colour to the contest while pitching for the LDF candidate and exhorting to defeat the UDF nominee, the report charged. It also highlighted the dissociation of leaders such as Mahila Congress leader Shanimol Usman from the campaign front.

The meet also witnessed Shanimol Usman demanding a probe into the alleged liaison Union Minister and UDF candidate K C Venugopal has with Solar case accused Saritha Nair. She demanded that a party commission should be set up to probe it. She also lashed out against  Alappuzha DCC president A A Shukkoor, by describing him as totally subservient to Venugopal. However, Venugopal didn’t react too much. He also said that he cannot fall at the feet of Vellappally Natesan for favours.

Shukkoor had openly charged a few days earlier that Shanimol kept away from campaigning for Venugopal in the polls, forcing KPCC president Sudheeran to put a bar on all public statements.

“The KPCC has directed that only points of  a general nature shall be mentioned in the report. Shortcomings at the grassroots-level and of a few individual leaders have been noticed. The decision of the KPCC-government coordination committee yesterday was that not even a single leader who have committed a wrong in the campaign front shall go scot-free,” Sudheeran said.

At the meet, apart from the indifference allegedly shown by the Kerala Congress activists in a few pockets in the Idukki segment, the regional outfit was also named for its negative role played in two Assembly segments in eastern Kottayam, which is part of  Pathanamthitta LS segment. Kottayam DCC president Tomy Kallani told the meet that the Kasturirangan panel report, rubber price fall, price rise of  essential commodities and the general aversion of the young generation towards various corruption charges under the UPA-II Government is likely to have a bearing in segments like Kottayam and neighbouring ones, though the UDF candidates are poised to win.

In the discussions based on the DCC reports, executive committee members from the districts were not ready to swallow many of the findings and inferences in full. Kannur segment candidate K Sudhakaran said that it was a tough fight this time for him and listed out the fresh challenges that cropped up. All the Congress candidates who are awaiting results participated in the meet.

Incidentally, the volley of grave charges levelled by former Kannur DCC president P Ramakrishnan against Sudhakaran, his arch foe in the party, and criticism heaped by him against Sudheeran and former president Ramesh Chennithala, was on the air after it was telecast by a Malayalam TV channel, coinciding with the executive committee meet. Ramakrishnan was caught with his criticism by the channel through a sting operation.

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