Kerala: Oommen Chandy ‘boycotting’ Congress events
Congress sources reportedly said Chandy has lost his bargaining power in Delhi after the state polls
All eyes are on senior Congress leader and former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and whether he would attend the meeting of the party’s political affairs committee, scheduled for January 14, after the first one was cancelled as Chandy was reportedly upset.
He has been staying away from party events for the past one month reportedly angry over the raw deal meted out to his loyalists in the recent reshuffle of the district Congress committees, The Indian Express has reported.
In the appointment of district Congress committee presidents, Chandy’s group suffered a loss, with eight out of 14 posts going to the group led by rival Ramesh Chennithala.
The Chandy faction had to remain content with only three posts, while the other three went to men belonging to party’s state chief VM Sudheeran.
Congress sources reportedly said Chandy has lost his bargaining power in Delhi after the state polls. Chandy has no official role in Kerala to fall back on since the Assembly election.
“Many tainted candidates were included in the list against the wish of Rahul Gandhi, only due to the adamant stand of Chandy. After the poll debacle, the leadership has not been keen to accommodate Chandy’s wishes,’’ a leader told IE.