Groupism in Cong triggers revolt in Kerala

Various Congress leaders have come out strongly against the move of groups led by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and State Congress unit president Ramesh Chennithala to equally share the party organisational posts, without conducting election ahead of reshuffling of various units.

Mullapally Ramachanderan, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, warned on Monday that the trend of installing people in key party posts on the basis of their affiliation without giving due regard to merit would be detrimental to the party.The Minister fears that the move would further deepen the crisis in the party and demanded that merit should be the primary criterion while selecting office bearers of the party.

“The party re-organaistaion is not a matter to be decided between Chandy and Chennithala,’’ he said.

K Muraleedharan, MLA, former PCC president and son of the late Congress veteran K Karunakran, said after blocking  plum posts for their own men, Chandy and Chennithala were now offering leftovers to the leaders who do not subscribe to any group.

Such partisan acts by Chandy and Chennithala would worsen the infighting in the party, Muraleedharan said.

His sister Padmaja Venugopal contended that her father’s followers were completely ignored.

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