Congress organisational revamp hits a roadblock

Thiruvananthapuram: The organisational revamp of the state unit of the Congress has once again run into rough weather.

The political affairs committee of the Congress which met on January 4 had directed the District Congress Committees (DCCs) to send in the list from each district within one week. However, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has not received the panel of DCC office-bearers even from a single district yet.

The panel has not even taken shape in most of the districts. Currently, the general secretary in-charge is visiting the districts and interacting with the leaders and party workers. KPCC president K Sudhakaran has asked the general secretaries to collect the names for the panel from leaders with whom they are holding interaction and finalise the list in consultation with the DCC presidents.

Earlier it was decided to complete the appointment of new DCC office-bearers almost a month ago. However, it got delayed following lack of clarity on the guidelines for selection.

Subsequently, KPCC office-bearers meeting and political affairs committee meeting gave final shape to the guidelines. But even then most of the general secretaries have no understanding on how to go forward. The 'A' group wants clarity on the number of representatives for the groups. If the total number is given, then they would provide the names for the slot.

The group leadership believes that once such names are given then there shouldn't be any change in the list.

The 'A' group has come forward with the complaint that the KPCC had ought names from the group leaders for PCC office-bearers appointment. However, the appointments were made according to the whims and fancies of the KPCC leadership.

They insist that this should not be repeated.

However, the general secretaries do not have the power to announce the group quota in the organization. Some of the leaders who were with the 'I' group earlier have joined hands with the new state leadership. But at the same time they have not snapped their relationship with the 'I' group.

Henc , there is confusion as to who will propose the names of the "I" group or the names proposed by which leader should be approved. A section of senior leaders who are not part of any group, have given the names of their nominees to the respective general secretaries.

Earlier a consensus committee used to be constituted in each district for appointments district office-bearers. As was the practice, KPCC office-bearers and DCC presidents used to hold talks with consensus committees and finalise the names and hand over the list to KPCC leadership. At the moment this system does not function in the districts.

Now the leadership has asked the district leaders to submit to the KPCC the list of people from the district excluding only those who cannot be considered in any manner.

Since the recommendation is to appoint 25 office-bearers for big districts and 15 for small districts, preparing a trimmed list has become a big headache for the leadership.

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