After months of consultations, the Congress Wednesday appointed Lok Sabha MP and former Union minister Mullappally Ramachandran as the president of the party’s Kerala unit. K Sudhakaran and Kodikunnil Suresh, who were in the race for the post, were appointed working presidents. Lok Sabha MP M I Shanawaz is also a working president.
Former state Congress chief K Muraleedharan, son of late Congress veteran K Karunakaran, has been appointed chairman of the state campaign committee. Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday effected a leadership change in Bihar and sources said the party is looking to make more changes in the leadership of several state units, including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
By appointing four leaders to key posts in the factionalism-ridden Congress in Kerala, Rahul has tried to strike a balance in caste and factional equations. The Congress in Kerala is deeply divided and it is often alleged that posts are divided between the dominant ‘A’ and ‘I’ groups. Read in Malayalam
Ramachandran has no group affiliations like V M Sudheeran, who had resigned as KPCC chief in March 2017. After his resignation, veteran leader M M Hassan was first asked to officiate and then given the post till the high command found a replacement.
Muraleedharan, who was part of the ‘I’ group founded by his father, has been neutral off late. Sudhakaran and Suresh are loosely attached to the ‘I’ and ‘A’ groups, respectively.
Ramachandran, who has a clean image, comes from the influential Ezhava community. Suresh is a Dalit while Sudhakaran is also from Ezhava community and hails from Kannur.