Wants it done before local body polls next year

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president V.M. Sudheeran has pushed for a comprehensive revamp of the party machinery in the State ahead of the local body elections next year, in contrast to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who has indicated that he might go in for a Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr. Sudheeran appears to be on a fast track since he has already called for a meeting of all District Congress Committee presidents on Wednesday to discuss the methodology of the revamp process.

Mr. Sudheeran made his intentions clear after holding discussions with the Congress high command on the reconstitution of party committees.

Addressing media persons in Delhi, he said he would go ahead with the revamp process and would extend all assistance to Mr. Chandy if he were to decide to go in for a Cabinet reshuffle.

It is not clear whether the party leadership will go for organisational elections.

Defunct

But it has become certain that the revamp will be from below since many grassroots committees are either dormant or defunct.

Even though Mr. Sudheeran has taken a position against factional mobilisation, he appears to be reconciled to the fact that he might not be able to raise the bar.

Factionalism

Mr. Chandy’s moves have already revived factionalism, which might gather steam in the coming days as the party leadership takes the plunge on the revamp process.

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