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Stalemate continues in Thiruvananthapuram panchayat

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The members met on Monday but failed to find a way out of the stand-off chiefly related to allocation of funds for schemes in the current plan.

The crisis in the district panchayat, which came to the fore after a section in the ruling Congress and its crucial ally Socialist Janata (Democratic) [SJ(D)] revolted against the president of the local body, continues unabated even after the District Congress Committee (DCC) stepped in to resolve the impasse.

With threat of the SJ(D) pulling out of the alliance hanging, the DCC had on Saturday formed a subcommittee with panchayat president Ansajitha Ressal as its head and four others, including vice president Rufus Daniel representing the SJ(D), as members to end the stalemate by bringing all the confronting members to the table.

The members met on Monday but failed to find a way out of the stand-off chiefly related to allocation of funds for schemes in the current plan. The SJ(D) and three ruling party members have expressed their open dissent against Ms. Ressal for taking unilateral decisions while preparing the plan, which was approved by the District Planning Committee.

The rift in the ruling party and the displeasure of the SJ(D) came out in the open at a monthly meeting of the panchayat held on August 2. Mr. Rufus told The Hindu that the meeting remained inconclusive and the party would take a final call after August 21. The president, he said, sought time till August 20 to see whether the plan could be reworked as sought by them.

Sources in the panchayat said there were heated exchanges between Ms. Ressal and her own party members as they stuck to their stands. Chairman of the standing committee for works Malayankeezhu Venugopal made it clear at the meeting that the plan needed to be reworked and there was no going back on the demand, sources said.

Apart from Ms. Ressal, Mr. Rufus and Mr. Venugopal, former president Remani P. Nair and former chairman of standing committee for works Aanad Jayan attended the meeting.

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