KPCC president’s decision to enforce party writ on civic bodies where the ruling Congress is faced with intra-party revolt for mid-term change of chairpersons has suffered a severe set back.
Thrikkakara Municipal Chairman P.I. Mohammadali has openly defied the command to resign within three days of getting the order.
Mr. Mohammadali, who enjoys support of 20 among 25 Congress councillors in the Thrikkakara Municipality, took more than ten days to write a reply to Mr. Chennithala saying he would not resign because of the brute majority he has among the councillors.
Conciliatory moves between groups have failed because ‘I’ group leadership made it clear that there would be no compromise without resignation of Mr. Mohammadali.
According to Congress insiders, Mohammadali has weakened KPCC president’s authority in the district by not responding to the order within the stipulated three days. He convened meeting of councillors supporting him only on Monday and the meeting passed a resolution criticising KPCC president’s right to issue such a letter. As Mohammedali enjoying support of ‘A’ group within the party, it would be difficult for Mr Ramesh to take action unilaterally against him.
What irks the district leadership of the party is a similar issue existing in Kumbalangi Village Panchayat. Recently, eight out of the nine Congress councillors in Kumbalanghi panchayat threatened to move a motion of no trust against party colleague and Chairperson Usha Pradeep unless the district Congress leadership conceded their demand to replace Ms. Pradeep with Susan Joseph. Though not serious like in the case of Thrikkakara and Kumbalangi, demands for leadership change exists in many civic bodies ruled by Congress in the district.
Conceding to the demands of Mr. Mohammedali or Usha Pradeep would create a bad precedence in the party, feel the district leadership. When contacted, DCC president V.J. Poulose said the writ of KPCC was final. However, he had no answer when asked about the way ahead.
“KPCC president has no right to demand my resignation as I enjoy the confidence of the councillors,” said Mr. Mohammadali when contacted.
When contacted, Chennithala said he would soon come out with a solution to the Thrikkakara issue. “I need time to look into the matter as I am engaged in certain more severe organisational matters,” he said.