He defeated present incumbent Chandrachoodan in a hotly contested election
Ramakrishna Pillai polled 23 votes
Chandrachoodan got only 18 votes
KOLLAM: V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai, former Minister and Central secretariat member of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), was elected State secretary of the party here on Tuesday. He defeated the present incumbent T.J. Chandrachoodan in a hotly contested election.
The election came at the conclusion of a State conference of the party. Out of the 44 State committee members, 23 voted for Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai and 18 for Prof. Chandrachoodan. Three members, Prof. Chandrachoodan, Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai, and party general secretary K. Pankajakshan, did not vote.
At the delegates session of the conference, Prof. Chandrachoodan’s leadership came in for criticism. Though the 650-strong delegates stood polarised, a big majority was against him. Many delegates said that he lacked political maturity, especially when it came to taking decisions at critical junctures.
The group which moved against him at the delegates session was mainly from Kollam, the stronghold of the party. Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai is a native of Kollam. They saw better prospects for the party if Prof. Chandrachoodan was removed from the post. Many of those who had left the party and later returned were also in favour of Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai replacing Prof. Chandrachoodan. They said that many others who left the RSP will now return to the party.
Despite the mood of the delegates and adverse criticism, Prof. Chandrachoodan refused to budge and this necessitated the election. Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai’s supporters greeted his election by raising slogans.
A party spokesman said that Mr. Ramakrishna Pillai replacing Prof. Chandrachoodan as State secretary was not a reflection of any groupism in the party. It is one of the endorsed measures to select office-bearers of the party, he added.