Accused of selling votes to BJP; Disputed leaders, meeting postponed

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress review meeting to assess the defeat in the local body elections in the capital has been postponed due to the verbal abuse of the leaders. The controversy erupted when the KPCC general secretary himself alleged that he had sold votes to the BJP. The demand for a change of leadership in the DCC in Kollam and Pathanamthitta was also raised at the meeting.

The review meeting was chaired by KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran and former chief minister Oommen Chandy to find out the cause of the defeat and the way to rectify it. When VS Sivakumar MLA said that the responsibility for the defeat should not be placed on one person and that KPCC is also responsible, KPCC general secretary Manakkad Suresh stood up in protest.

Suresh argued that there was evidence that an adjustment had been made with the BJP. He also accused the MLAs, who have consistently won in the capital, of keeping the BJP together without quarreling for their future. This led to controversy and it was decided not to meet another day after Christmas.

The review meeting of Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts was also completed despite disputes. The main allegation in Pathanamthitta is that the hand was sold for cash and only the group was considered in deciding the candidates. A section of leaders in Pathanamthitta demanded that there was no grassroots organization and that the DCC president should be replaced if the morale of the workers was to be restored.

In Kollam too, the main demand was the change of DCC president Bindu Krishna. However, KPCC general secretary Sooranad Rajasekharan was blamed for the defeat. With the district level review meetings almost over, the Political Affairs Committee will meet on the 27th in the presence of the AICC General Secretary in charge of Kerala, Tariq Anwar.

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