Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran resigns

Sudheeran was known for playing the pivotal role in framing the infamous prohibition policy, which later drew flak even from party leaders who said it didn't help to consolidate votes from women

Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran resigns

The Congress party's Kerala unit chief V M Sudheeran has quit on Friday indicating a larger organisational restructuring in the party which has been trailing since its defeat in the 2016 assembly polls.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president told reporters that he is resigning due to health issues. "My responsibilities as KPCC chief doesn't allow me a day's rest. But my health situation doesn't allow me that," Sudheeran told media.

But reports also say that the state unit is going to undergo a structural revamp and the senior leader AK Antony is camping in Kerala from last few days delberating with other leaders.

The Kerala Congress unit has been facing faction feuds but it took a new turn after the loss in last year's polls. Former chief minister Oommen Chandy reins the highest faction named "A" while the current Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala controls "I" faction. Sudheeran was known for his neutral stand and the attacks he faced from both the groups. He has been given the Kerala chief post because of his closeness with the central leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi.

Sudheeran was known for playing the pivotal role in framing the infamous prohibition policy, which later drew flak even from party leaders who said it didn't help to consolidate votes from women. He also raised voice against corruption charges against former Congress ministers, including K Babu, who is a Chandy confidante.

Sudheeran's resignation comes in the wake of protests from the "A" group who demands its own candidate as the new party chief and restore the power balance with the "I" group. Reports say that party will choose a working president for now and would start implementing revamp actions soon.