THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress state unit is set for a revamp at the DCC level and is gearing up to counter attacks against the government. Indications are that six to seven district committees may get new heads. The DCCs across the state are likely to have a new team of office-bearers and so are the mandalam-block committees. The move is to infuse fresh vigour at the grass-roots level. The outfit will take out an all out offensive against the Sangh Parivar forces and the CPM-led LDF. The war room is being readied with a team of leaders in each district and at the state-level.
MLAs V D Satheesan, P C Vishnunath and V T Balram have launched a scathing attack on the BJP and allied organisations by exposing an ongoing campaign on alleged diversion of income of Hindu temples in the state for general purposes.Taking a cue from the CPM, Vellapally Natesan has become a target of the Congress, with senior leaders blaming him for attempting to lead SNDP Yogam followers to the BJP fold.The Congress expects the bar and solar issues to die down after the Assembly session. The claims of witnesses to ‘disclose’ matters in the cases, particularly in the solar case, and the LDF plans to launch a stir to put the government in a spot have failed to make much headway.
A series of discussions held among Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC president V M Sudheeran and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, and with KPCC office-bearers and senior leaders over the past few days has raised the confidence of the leaders.
“There will be no let up in following a strategy to counter political adversities head on,” V D Satheesan told ‘Express’. On the moves to bring in new DCC presidents in nearly half the districts in the state, Chandy told ‘Express’ that a final decision was yet to be taken. He is expected to hold consultations with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at a scheduled meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.It’s over a decade since the state unit saw organisational restructuring.
“Only new faces can recharge the party in many districts and position it to face the Assembly polls,” said Satheesan.Among the weak districts listed are Kasargod, Kannur, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
The DCC president in Alappuzha is likely to be changed as the district is poised to become the cradle of BJDS experiment in the upcoming Assembly polls.
New DCC and local office-bearers have been elected in two far northern districts and the rest was put on hold on the eve of the local bodies polls. “DCCs have been asked to submit the list of new office-bearers to the KPCC by December 14, after finalising it in the presence of party state general secretaries and observers in charge of the local polls. Instructions were given to pick up efficient hands for block-mandalam level office-bearers,” Sudheeran said.