: T.N. Prathapan, MLA and Chief Whip of the Congress Legislature Party, has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister A.K. Antony to consider senior leader V.M. Sudheeran for the post of president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).

In his letter, Mr. Prathapan said Mr. Sudheeran was ideal for the post for his secular values and principled stand against corruption.

“He is a leader of the masses. All through his career, he has fought injustice. He has maintained his secular principles without yielding to the pressures of communal forces. If there is one leader who can forge unity in the Congress, going beyond groupism, it is Mr. Sudheeran. The party needs such a leader at the helm as Lok Sabha elections draw near,” wrote Mr. Prathapan.