Oommen Chandy to head committee overseeing Kerala assembly elections following High Command meeting
Congress leader Oommen Chandy will have dual duties of heading a committee that will oversee the Kerala election as well as heading a strategy committee. The decision was taken after the Congress party’s Kerala leadership met with the High Command and acting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The 10-member overseeing committee includes Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran, Tariq Anwar, KC Venugopal, K Muraleedharan, K Sudhakaran, Kodikunnil Suresh, and VM Sudheeran. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader AK Antony has been given charge of the Kerala election, and he will be in the state after the formal election announcements. “Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have informed the senior leaders that the Congress and the UDF should work together for the elections. They have also given their support for the alliance to secure a colourful victory in the upcoming election, and for that, we must learn from our failings in the local polls,” Antony told media.
The High Command has also asked the alliance to make some changes within their candidate pattern. Sonia has informed the leaders that the candidate list should consist of new faces and women, and of them, a good share should be youngsters. Moreover, she asked that the party leadership in Kerala prepare the manifesto after consulting with the people of the state. Importantly, the party won’t fix the Chief Minister candidate before the election, as has been a trend. The party leadership informed that who would become Chief Minister would only be fixed after the elections.
Meanwhile, a report filed by Tariq Anwar had indicated a restructuring of almost eight District Congress Committees and changing leadership in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Kasargod DCCs. While there had been a vocal struggle against this decision, the leaders decided to go through with this following the meeting with the High Command.