High command to sort out Cong rift in Kerala

High command to sort out Cong rift in Kerala

The deadlock over the creation of the deputy chief minister’s post to pacify Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief Ramesh Chennithala has reached the party high command.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is likely to be in New Delhi on Monday for talks with party president Sonia Gandhi.

The party is unlikely to snub the key ally in the United Democratic Front, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The IUML had criticised the idea of the Congress holding the top two posts.

The chief minister is set to travel to Bangalore on Sunday and reach Delhi early on Monday. According to sources, he will hold talks with senior leaders, including A K Antony, Ahmed Patel and Madhusudan Mistry, over the creation of the post.  


The central leadership could also be requested to initiate negotiations with the IUML to ensure Chennithala’s smooth induction into the Cabinet.

The Congress central leadership has been maintaining that the issue of Cabinet reshuffle should better be resolved within the state ranks. Chandy’s move to involve the high command indicates limited progress in negotiations at the state level. Chandy on Friday engaged in talks with senior IUML leader and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty.

Meanwhile, political circles are looking at the IUML’s tough stance on the issue as a pressure tactic to extract another Lok Sabha seat.

The contention gains credence in view of Kunhalikutty’s recent statement that the party was not “interested” in the deputy chief minister’s post.