Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has asked Congress workers and leaders not to make any public statement on organisational revamp that will bring disrepute to the party.

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala issued this directive to party leaders and workers at a meeting of the newly-nominated KPCC office-bearers and DCC presidents here on Saturday. “Public statements and public airing of views would bring disrepute to the party. Therefore, everybody should desist from making public statements,” Mr. Chennithala told a news conference, adding that the new DCC presidents would assume office before January 3.

Pointing out that organisational revamp in the State had taken place after a long time, Mr. Chennithala said that all outstanding issues, including that in Thrissur, would be resolved. If anyone had any grievance, the person concerned should approach the leadership and not hurl abuses against others through the media. The party would view seriously hurling of charges against each other by leaders, he added.

Chandy’s concern

Earlier, speaking at the KPCC leadership meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy reminded party leaders that the government’s image had taken a beating because of group rivalries in the party. People had a very high opinion about the government during its first year in office. The situation was exactly not so now though the Ministers were the same and everybody was working at the same pace. The government’s rating suffered because of disunity in the party. During the first year of the government, there was total unity in the party. Consequently, the government’s rating was high. When rivalries cropped up, it got reflected in the government’s performance as well, the Chief Minister said.

Both he and Mr. Chennithala were unanimous that youth had received a good deal in the organisational reconstitution. The ones nominated to various levels were the ones who would lead the party in future. Although the size of the party committees was a little unwieldy, there were not many other problems.

Mr. Chennithala said although there were some issues in places such as Thrissur, everybody should accept the high command’s decision..

More In: Kerala | National