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THE CRISIS in the Kerala Congress is showing no signs of ending although the factions led by former chief minister Oommen Chandy and leader of the opposition Ramesh Chennithala — who are up in arms against state Congress chief V M Sudheeran — Tuesday agreed to reach a temporary truce. This came after the high command made it clear that their demands would not be met completely.
Chandy and Chennithala met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi separately. But their demands were the same — organisational elections should be held immediately to revitalise the party. In effect, they want the exit of Sudheeran through the elections since the ‘A’ and ‘I’ groups that they head have control over the organisation.
The party leadership, however, wants to undertake reconstitution of the KPCC now without removing Sudheeran and setting up of a high-powered political affairs panel for effective coordination of the PCC. Sudheeran had been demanding reconstitution of the KPCC.
With Rahul unrelenting, both Chandy and Chennithala buckled. So, a 15-member political affairs committee would be announced in the next couple of days, followed by reorganisation of the KPCC within three months and organisational elections within a year. The organisational elections will be the first to be held since 1991.
The only relief that both the leaders got was an assurance from Rahul that Sudheeeran will be asked to take both of them into confidence while taking decisions.