Rift in Kerala Congress: 66 leaders to meet Rahul Gandhi to plan future strategy

There were talks that rift in Congress had led to the poll rout in the 2016 Kerala assembly polls. Now 66 Congress leaders are headed to Delhi to meet party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to plot a road map for the future
Kerala Congress

A Jumbo delegation of Congress leaders from Kerala is reaching  Delhi soon to discuss ways to revive the party in Kerala, a party leader said.

The 66 member team slated to meet party vice-president Rahul Gandhi are former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC president V M Sudheeran, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, MPs, MLA’s and those who lost the assembly polls.

“This is a meeting to decide how to strengthen the party at all levels,” Sudheeran told reporters before leaving for Delhi.

The Congress contested in 87 assembly seats in Kerala but could win only 22. Many of its seasoned leaders were defeated.

At a meeting of the state party executive this month, several leaders blamed Sudheeran. Since the electoral rout, Chandy has declined to take up any party post and remains just a legislator.

The Congress-led UDF has 47 seats in the 140-member Kerala assembly.

“If the party has to make a comeback, Sudheeran has to go. You just wait and see,” said a Congress leader who did not wished to be identified.

While some leaders want a change of guard in Kerala, others feel that no one should be thrust by the “high command” even if someone is nominated.

Since Vayalar Ravi defeated A.K. Antony in 1991 to become the state president, all subsequent state presidents have been nominated — by the Congress “high command”.