Congress urges Sudheeran to recall resignation from PAC

by Politics | 26-09-2021 | 1746 views

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress leadership in Kerala wants former KPCC president V M Sudheeran to reconsider his decision to quit the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC). KPCC president K Sudhakaran on Sunday told media that he will request Sudheeran to withdraw his resignation.

Sudheeran had on Saturday submitted his resignation letter to Sudhakaran. He did not make public the reason behind his decision, however, speculations were rife that he was not happy with the way the new leadership, headed by Sudhakaran and Leader of the Opposition V D Satheesan, functions.

“We will ask Sudheeran to withdraw his resignation. We will listen to his concerns and try to resolve them. We want him to continue as a part of the party,” Sudhakaran said. He, however, did not clarify the reasons behind Sudheeran's issue. “They need not be discussed with media. The issue would be resolved internally by the party.”

AICC general secretary in charge of Kerala Tariq Anwar and V D Satheesan were trying to meet Sudheeran on Sunday itself. Both the leaders are in Thiruvananthapuram as the party is set to start the talks over the restructuring of the Pradesh Congress Committee.

Anwar said he will visit Sudheeran and address his concerns. It is learned that the AICC wants the state leadership to initiate a reconciliation talks with Sudheeran.

Known for his non-corrupt and idealist image, Sudheeran often stands firm on his convictions. This has led to difference of opinions with other top leaders in the past too.The state leadership initiated the reconciliation efforts even as more senior leaders came in support of Sudheeran. Former leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said Sudheeran's presence was a must in the PAC. “In the past, his stances in the PAC has helped the party several times,” he said. Former chief minister Oommen Chandy had also said that Sudheeran should not have resigned from PAC.

UDF convener M M Hassan on Sunday said Sudheeran's decision to resign was unfortunate.

It is learned that Sudheeran was not happy with the selection process of the party's district chiefs. He was critical of Sudhakaran for not convening the PAC to discuss the restructuring process, TV reports said.

Sudheeran had to step down as PCC president following the party's rout in the 2016 assembly polls in which Chandy was unseated from power. Sudheeran was picked as PCC president by the AICC as he did not belong to either of the A or I factions headed by Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala respectively.

As PCC president he had a tough going as factional managers had a strong grip over the organisation. The latest reforms within the party, including the appointment of Sudhakaran and Satheesan, threatened the existing power structures within the party and it led to the coming together of Chandy and Chennithala who used to head the rival factions.

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