Special Correspondent

Six of the seven new KPCC executive members are former DIC(K) leaders

  • P. Sankaran is KPCC general secretary
  • New presidents of DCCs named

    NEW DELHI: Many loyalists of the former Congress leader K. Karunakaran have been accommodated in the Kerala Congress Pradesh Committee (KPCC) in its first reorganisation after several leaders of the erstwhile Democratic India Congress (Karunakaran) left the fledgling party ahead of its merger with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to return to the parent organisation. The reorganisation was announced here on Saturday after senior leaders of the State unit met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The meeting was attended by party in-charge of Kerala Veerappa Moily, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, the former Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Oommen Chandy and United Democratic Front convenor P. P. Thankachan.

    P. Sankaran, former Minister and close associate of Mr. Karunakaran, who parted ways with the Congress in May 2005 to form the DIC(K), has been made KPCC general secretary. Mr. Sankaran had led the split from the DIC(K) in 2006 over Mr. Karunakaran's decision to merge his party with the NCP.

    Six of the seven new members on the KPCC executive committee are former DIC(K) leaders: V. Balaram (who vacated his Wadakkancherry seat in 2004 to facilitate Mr. Karunakaran's son K. Muraleedharan's entry into the Assembly), Malaeth Sarla Devi, N. D. Appachan, D. Sugathan, K. B. Mohammad Kutty, M. A. Chandrasekharan, and C. K. Sreedharan. The seventh new PCC executive committee member is P. P. Sulaiman Ravther.

    Simultaneously, the Congress also appointed new presidents for all the 14 District Congress Committees (DCC) in the State. The Thiruvananthapuram DCC will be headed by the former Member of Parliament V. S. Sivakumar - a Karunakaran loyalist who did not join the DIC(K) - and Kollam DCC by the former Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan.

    Other DCC presidents are: A. A. Shukkur (Allapuzha), P. Mohan Raj (Pathanamthitta), MLA K. C. Joseph (Kottyam), P. T. Thomas (Idukki), V. J. Paulose (Ernakulam), Therambil Ramakrishnan (Thrissur), A. V. Gopinath (Palakkad), U. Abubacker (Mallapuram), K. C . Abu (Kozhikode), K. Veluthampu (Kasaragode), P. Ramakrishna (Kannur) and P. V. Balachandran (Wayanad).

    Briefing mediapersons after their meeting at 10 Janpath, Mr. Moily said the Congress leadership plans to reorganise the State unit from the booth-level upwards. This exercise will be undertaken shortly, Mr. Chennithala clarified.