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Rahul's big chance for an organizational perestroika in KPCC

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Oommen Chandy with Rahul Gandhi Oommen Chandy with Rahul Gandhi during a meet. File photo

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress high command's decision to summon Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala in the wake of the fallout of solar scam commission's probe is a clear indicator that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's writ will overrule a consensus approach in the choice of KPCC president.

The 'A' group had been doing the ground work for bagging the KPCC president's post. Incumbent nominee M.M.Hassan belongs to the 'A' group but his appointment is temporary.

With almost all key leaders of 'A' faction facing criminal and vigilance cases, the Oommen Chandy-led group is facing political isolation.

The only solace so far is that senior Congress leader A.K.Antony has termed the Kerala government's move as political vendetta.

But that may not necessarily mean that Antony would pitch in for a consensus approach in the election of the KPCC president.

Rahul Gandhi's office has been reportedly flooded with demands from grassroot functionaries to rein in a corrupt and ageing leadership.

The Congress can only be revived in the state with an able leadership and infusion of young blood into its top echelons, according to a section of the party.

The 'A' group was pitching for either Thiruvanchoor or Benny Behannan for the KPCC top post if Oommen Chandy was to opt out of the race, but with their indictment by the solar commission, that is not going to happen.

The argument of political vendetta being carried out by the Pinarayi government would not stand scrutiny as the Justice Sivarajan commission was appointed by the Oommen Chandy government itself.

In other words, it would be an uphill task for the 'A' group to present its case before the high command as the name of Oommen Chandy himself would figure in the vigilance as well as criminal case.

Chandy does not have a rapport with the Congress vice-president though the latter did accommodate some of the former chief minister's concerns in seat allocation talks during the last assembly elections.

But in a major blow, Rahul's office also placated former KPCC president V.M.Sudheeran's concerns and denied a seat to Chandy's confidant Benny Behannan in 2016 Assembly polls.

With Behannan also figuring in the list of those indicted by the solar commission, Oommen Chandy-led 'A' group's locus standi to demand their pound of flesh in the organizational polls has been compromised.

Rahul Gandhi will now have a major say in the process overriding factional concerns and this is something which the Congress heir apparent would relish. This gives Rahul a leeway to infuse fresh blood and to carry out a perestroika, or reconstruction, which the state Congress unit badly needs.

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