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TAKING STOCK: (From Left) Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily, A.K. Antony, MP, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the KPCC meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. - Photo: S. Mahinsha
TAKING STOCK: (From Left) Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily, A.K. Antony, MP, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the KPCC meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. - Photo: S. Mahinsha

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KPCC meeting formulates action plan to streamline functioning of the party

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The KPCC has deferred its move to drop some of the presidents of District Congress Committees on grounds of expediency.

The final decision was taken at the end of a meeting of KPCC office-bearers, Ministers, and Congress legislators here on Monday. The Congress Working Committee member Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of Kerala, attended the meeting. KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, at a press conference later, confirmed that the existing DCC presidents would continue to hold their post.

The DCC presidents of at least four districts had been put on the chopping block.

The shifts had been mooted in order to restore social balance in the respective districts, besides making an attempt to revamp the party apparatus which were considered to be weak in the aftermath of the split in the party.

However, there had been considerable opposition to removing only four DCC presidents, instead of going in for a total overhaul of the DCCs. Besides, there are at least three or four DCC presidents who would like to contest for the Assembly. Removing some of the DCC presidents was also considered impractical as at least three of them belonged to the former Karunakaran camp and chose to stay put in the party. These leaders had been assured of accommodation prior to the split and the party cannot go back on its word.

The meeting also decided various steps to streamline the party's functioning as per an action plan.

The reconstitution of the booth committees was over, with only 10 per cent more to be constituted. The various feeder organisations were in several modes of campaigns, Mr. Chennithala said.

He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi would attend the five-day conference of the party during the first week of March. A reception committee would be constituted for this on January 23 at a meeting in Kochi. The five-day conference would conclude with a massive rally. The KPCC members would attend the AICC plenary session on January 21, 22, and 23. General secretary of the KPCC Ajay Tharayil has been appointed as co-ordinator, he said.

Replying to a question, Mr. Chennithala said the Government should inquire into the taping of the telephone conversation between the former Health Minister K. K. Ramachandran and the Wayanad DMO. He said the KPCC was of the view that Mr. Ramachandran's record was clean. He said the Chief Minister would take an appropriate decision with regard to the health portfolio.

On a question regarding the CPI (M)-DIC (K) alliance, Mr. Chennithala said Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan seemed to be afraid of Mr. Karunakaran.

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