KPCC revamp: Ball in Congress high command’s court - The New Indian Express

KPCC revamp: Ball in Congress high command’s court

Published: 30th November 2012 11:56 AM

Last Updated: 30th November 2012 11:56 AM

With the final list of the much-awaited KPCC revamp presented to the Congress high command, a decision is expected only after discussions with senior leaders from the state, in a weeks time.

Though KPCC chief Ramesh Chennithala, who heads the ‘broad I’ group and Oommen Chandy, who leads the ‘A’ group, arrived at a formula for the control of seven DCCs each, minor groups in the party have raised their  voice of discontent.

Also, none of the groups have suggested any names for the DCC presidents’ posts for Kannur, Palakkad and Thrissur, as there is a tug-of-war for the same between the two groups. Chandy, who arrived from New Delhi here on Thursday, said that it was now for the AICC to make the final call. While, Madhusudan Mistry, who is in charge of Kerala, said in New Delhi that a last round of discussions was to be held before finalising the list, suggesting that efforts are on to bring about a consensus among the senior Congress leaders. Minor groups have their reservations about the jumbo list, which is learned to have mooted two vice-presidents’ posts, 22 general secretary posts and more then 25 secretary posts. M M Hassan and V S Vijayaraghavan are likely to be accommodated in the two vice-presidents’ posts.

Senior Congress leader Vayalar Ravi had openly voiced his displeasure over dividing the posts on group basis and several other senior leaders, including V M Sudheeran, had joined him in the protest. Sudheeran had even  faxed a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressing his  displeasure over the way in which the revamp process had taken place after a long gap of eight years.

KPCC former president K Muraleedharn told Express that when he was the KPCC chief, he met the Congress high command along with all the senior  leaders to avoid any differences of opinion being raised regarding the final list. “There was a lot of time before finalising the list to take the senior leaders in the state into confidence which somehow has not happened. Now, it is up to the Congress high command to decide, in consultation with the senior party leaders,’’ he said.

Defence Minister A K Antony will also have a major say in the list before the high command finalises it. Union Minister Mullappally Ramachandran, who is also a close confidant of Antony, recently aired his doubts whether the proposed revamp would bring in any qualitative change.

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