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Delhi Confidential: The Pushback

Oommen Chandy on Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and conveyed his reservations over the state leadership's decision to go for a revamp now, given that the AICC has already announced the timetable for organisational elections.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: November 18, 2021 2:50:21 am
Oommen Chandy

Turbulence in congress’s Kerala unit appears to be intensifying. The decision of the new leadership led by PCC president K Sudhakaran and opposition leader V D Satheesan to go ahead with a complete revamp of the organisation had not gone down well with party veterans Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala. Chandy on Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and conveyed his reservations over the state leadership’s decision to go for a revamp now, given that the AICC has already announced the timetable for organisational elections. He told Sonia that the state leadership should take into confidence senior leaders if they go ahead with the revamp. This is the first time Chandy met Sonia after the controversy over appointment of KPCC office-bearers. AICC in charge Tariq Anwar will now travel to Kerala on yet another peace mission.

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A delegation of the Anglo-Indian Association, headed by former MP Charles Dias, met Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday to request him to ensure that the 2021 census is carried out “correctly” to reflect the actual status of Anglo-Indians in the country. According to the delegation, the 2011 census has “erroneous” data of Anglo-Indians and demanded that a Commission be set up to look into the issues being faced by the community.

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