The ‘I’ faction councillors of Congress have demanded a leadership change in the Kochi Corporation.

The demand was raised at a Congress parliamentary party meeting held here on Sunday. The meeting, attended by 41 Congress councillors, witnessed the ‘I’ faction unleashing fierce criticism against the civic administration.

The 14-member contingent had been at loggerheads with the civic administration led by Tony Chammany, who belonged to the ‘A’ faction in the party. The stand adopted by the faction had also put the administration in a tight spot on a couple of occasions.

The meeting convened by the DCC president V.J. Poulose also witnessed charges of corruption and mismanagement being raised against the administration. He said the discussions should focus on the Corporation budget, which would come up for approval in a couple of days. The councillors will meet again on April 2.

Besides demanding the change at the top level, the faction has also insisted on changing the chairpersons of all the standing committees of the corporation as the Congress-led civic administration has completed half its term in office.

The ‘I’ group councillors also complained that the party had no role in preparing the Budget that was presented at the council on Saturday. Senior Congress councillors, including T.J. Vinod and Leno Jacob, were kept in the dark about the matters related to the budget.

The ‘A’ faction councillors remained silent at the meeting, which witnessed Mr. Vinod, Mr. Jacob, K.R. Premakumar and Thampi Subramaniyam leading the tirade.

During the meeting, which lasted for around two hours, the aggrieved councillors also criticised the Health Standing Committee chairperson T.K. Ashraf and Town Planning Standing Committee chairperson K.J. Sohan. The two chairpersons have established their fiefdom in the respective committees, they charged.

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