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Kerala Congress top brass under fire at meeting over Assembly polls

Sources said several leaders demanded an overhaul of the leadership in Kerala to “resuscitate” the party.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: June 5, 2016 2:46:36 am
Kerala, Kerala Congress, Kerala assembly polls, Kerala UDF, Kerala congress, UDF assembly polls, Oommen Chandy, Chandy,  Ramesh Chennithala, V M Sudheeran, V D Satheesan, KPCC vice president, Benny Behnan,  K C Joseph Former finance minister KM Mani (left) with Oommen Chandy (centre) and Ramesh Chennithala at a party convention in Ernakulam. (Source: File/PTI photo)

At a meeting of the Congress executive committee on Saturday to review the assembly polls outcome, the party leadership in Kerala came under severe criticism.

Sources said several leaders demanded an overhaul of the leadership in Kerala to “resuscitate” the party. Party state chief V M Sudheeran, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy were criticised for the UDF’s poor showing. The meeting witnessed several leaders demanding that the trio “shed their ego” and go in for a reshuffle of the party machinery.

Speakers also urged Congress Working Committee member A K Antony to show “creative interference in state politics”.

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KPCC vice president V D Satheesan said a “generation change” was required in the leadership. He said leaders who had revolted against former Congress CM R Sankar citing his age were now unwilling to make way for a new generation.

He said the party’s liquor policy did not work, nor did they convince voters that it could effectively fight the BJP’s “communal agenda”.

Sources said Sudheeran was blamed for “bad preparation” for the polls. Chandy loyalists Benny Behnan and K C Joseph said “unnecessary debates” initiated by Sudheeran during candidate selection impacted the results. K K Kochu Muhammed of the Congress minority cell said the Chandy government had indulged in corruption, which hurt the party.

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