CM Scores over Sudheeran in Mother of all decisions

Published: 22nd August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2014 05:30 AM   |  A+A-

In what could be  termed as one of the biggest- ever decisions in his political  career, Oommen Chandy  emerged the winner keeping  his bete noire V M Sudheeran  far behind on the vexed bar  licence issue. In an apparent power tussle  between the government and  the party over the issue, Sud - heeran had been portrayed for  long as the real Gandhian  while Chandy&Co had to re - main mere spectators. In the  end, Chandy succeeded in  wriggling out of his pro-liquor  image with a set of harsh mea - sures, thereby making his en - emies virtually bow before his  political acumen.

Upping his ante, Chandy  first made his trusted lieuten - ants set the ground. While  Sudheeran was for keeping the  418 bars closed, Chandy had  something more in mind. In  what appeared as a major  move, Chennithala who, till  the other day was in favour of  reopening the bars, came out  hinting at total liquor prohibi - tion.  With the Muslim League  and the Kerala Congress too  taking sides with the anti-li - quor move, it finally emerged  as a collective decision.

Never - theless, a major advantage for  League was that it could suc - cessfully come out of the Plus- Two debacle that has been  haunting the government and  the party, in particular, for  sometime now. As the major constituents of  the UDF dispensation had  been throwing their weight  behind closure of the bars, mi - nor partners like CMP, RSP,  KC( Jacob) and KC(B) had also  toed their line.   


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