Alappuzha District Committee president M Liju has handed in his resignation to the KPCC leadership. Liju resigned citing moral responsibility over the party’s humiliating defeat in the district.
“I have tendered my resignation taking moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the Assembly polls,” Mr. Liju said, adding that various factors had contributed to the Congress’s poor show in the district.
The Congress, which had contested in eight seats in Alappuzha lost seven.
Congress was able to gain victory only in the Harippad constituency in Alappuzha, where Ramesh Chennithala emerged victorious.
In the last Lok Sabha polls, UDF won 19 out of 20 seats, losing just the Alappuzha seat. Even then Liju expressed his willingness to resign from his post but was dissuaded by the state leadership.
Meanwhile, after its defeat in the Assembly election, the battle for a change in leadership in the Congress is intensifying. C Raghunath, the UDF candidate from Dharmadom has demanded KPCC president Mullapally Ramchandran to step down from his post. “It will be a shame for Congress if Mullapally goes on clinging to the post of KPCC president. If he is not ready to resign, then he should be ousted and K Sudhakaran should be made president,” Raghunath is said to have said to a media organisation.
Senior Congress leader PT Thomas said, “A radical change is required in the party. I am not saying that it is going to become smooth by changing one or two leaders from their posts. But, there has to be a sea change in the party.”
Apart from a change in KPPC leadership, there has also been a supposed demand that there should be a revamp in the district congress committees as the leaders are of the opinion that the entire party machinery at the grassroots are defunct.