Amid rising discontent within the Kerala Congress over the choice of District Congress Committee (DCC) chiefs, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday reminded the state leaders of the spirit of “collective leadership” even because the occasion strived to appease protesting veterans, together with Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala.
“Over the years, Congress in Kerala has set a stellar example of collective leadership. This collective spirit reflects the true ethos of the Congress party,” Rahul Gandhi stated at a operate organised just about on the event of the inauguration of the Kannur District Congress Committee workplace.
Although Rahul Gandhi didn’t consult with the organisational points in Kerala, his assertion assumes significance in view of the rising discontentment within the state management following the announcement of 14 DCC presidents allegedly ignoring the feelings of Mr Chandy and Mr Chennithala.
The two leaders, who managed Kerala Congress for 18 years, had come out brazenly in opposition to the way in which DCC presidents have been chosen by new leaders of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), together with its president Okay Sudhakaran and Leader of Opposition within the State Assembly, VD Satheesan.
Reaching out to the warring leaders, Congress common secretary and Kerala in-charge Tariq Anwar described each Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala because the “pillars of the party” in Kerala and stated all selections on organisational issues might be taken after consulting them.
The management, nevertheless, made it clear that KPCC chief Okay Sudhakaran can have the final phrase within the occasion’s organisational issues within the state.
“There may be differences. But we will move forward with resolving all such issues. On the organisation matters of the Congress in Kerala, K Sudhakaran is the last word,” VD Satheesan stated on the DCC workplace inaugural operate attended by Congress common secretary KC Venugopal and VD Sudhakaran.
Both Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala joined Rahul Gandhi within the digital operate.
Talking to reporters, KC Venugopal rejected the allegations that he was making an attempt to create his personal group inside the state Congress.
“I don’t have any group. It’s a figment of (their) imagination. Congress is my group and I have nothing beyond that,” Mr Venugopal stated, rejecting allegations of the “A” group headed by Oommen Chandy and “I” group led by Ramesh Chennithala.
The two teams – “A” and “I” – have been lively within the state unit of Congress for the reason that occasions of veteran chief Okay Karunakaran and senior chief AK Antony.
The teams have complained to Sonia Gandhi in opposition to the type of functioning of the brand new state management, allegedly with the blessings of KC Venugopal.
Urging the leaders to just accept the choice taken by the excessive command on the choice of DCC chiefs, Mr Venugopal stated the occasion’s central management is able to hear their grievances.
Amid mounting stress from the teams forward of one other spherical of organisational revamp, he stated each Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala are an integral a part of the Congress in Kerala and all selections might be taken after consulting them.
Okay Sudhakaran stated he has a “formula” to kind out all points raised by Mr Chandy and Mr Chennithala “with the permission of high command”.
He stated the occasion will surge forward in Kerala with the implementation of the brand new programmes being deliberate by its new management.
“No one can keep away from it,” Okay Sudhakaran stated.
He additionally claimed that occasion chief AV Gopinath, who introduced his resignation from the first membership of the Congress early this week, is not going to go away the occasion.
As the voice of dissent grew louder in opposition to the KPCC management, the Congress cracked the whip expelling KPCC secretary PS Prasanth from the occasion who had written to the excessive command alleging that KC Venugopal was working as “an agent of the BJP”.
Sending a powerful message to these leaders who violate the occasion self-discipline, the Congress had additionally issued show-cause notices to 2 of its senior leaders, who have been suspended quickly two days in the past for publicly expressing displeasure over the choice of the occasion’s district chiefs by the All India Congress Committee.
In the notices despatched to former MLA Okay Sivadasan Nair and former KPCC common secretary KP Anil Kumar, the KPCC president has directed them to reply inside seven days, failing which follow-up motion might be taken in opposition to them.