Special Correspondent

Chandy, Chennithala convey their dissatisfaction to the high command

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leaders have expressed displeasure over the way the State Youth Congress has been reconstituted by the party high command.

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy and Kerala Pradesh Congress president Ramesh Chennithala are among those who have conveyed their dissatisfaction to the party high command. The two leaders separately informed Veerappa Moily, who holds additional charge of Kerala as Congress Working Committee member, their reservations about the list and urged him to cancel it.

The Youth Congress reconstitution was announced late Thursday night. T. Siddique has been inducted as president of the State unit that would have five vice-presidents, 10 general secretaries, and 18 secretaries. While the choice of Mr. Siddique is as per the recommendations of the KPCC, the other names in the list have become a point of dispute.

Senior leaders such as Mullappally Ramachandran have separately taken up with the high command their opposition to the way the list of names has been prepared and announced.

Mr. Ramachandran said the action would demoralise Youth Congress workers. According to Congress leaders, the party high command should induct leaders who have made a mark. Some of the names in the new committee are not too well-known and do not seem to have a record of active involvement in Youth Congress activities, be in the form of leading agitations or other organisational work.

Some of the Youth Congress leaders who were in the earlier committee have found a place in the new one. But they were over-aged for the posts, according to Youth Congress leaders.

Most of the leaders who spoke to Mr. Moily wanted to know how such a list came to be announced over the heads of the KPCC leadership.

Mr. Moily, during his last visit to the State, had asserted that the party gave priority to reconstituting the Youth Congress in order to equip it to take up new challenges. However, the current decision seems to have been taken without even his knowledge and approval, according to leaders here.

The reconstitution, in fact, has come as a blow to the KPCC leadership. It was banking on reconstituting the Youth Congress and the Kerala Students Union in order to build up a vibrant and young leadership.