After receiving criticism from various leaders within the United Democratic Front (UDF), KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran has informed that he will resign only if the party high command asks him to do so. He also said that all are responsible for the election debacle.
“Nobody gave me credit when we won the Lok Sabha election. All leaders are responsible for the election debacle. I will quit the post anytime. I need only the permission of the high command. But I don't want to create a sense that I left the party during a crisis,” Mullappally said as reported by a leading Malayalam news.
Reportedly, the KPCC president also claimed that several leaders were trying to humiliate him and oust him from the party following the debacle. Mullapally's response comes after several leaders and party workers called for a complete overhaul in Congress and a change in guard. Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden posted on his Facebook page asking, “Why do we still need a sleeping president?”
However, senior Congress leader K Sudhakaran has said it is meaningless to blame one individual for the Congress-led United Democratic Front's (UDF) poor performance in the Kerala Assembly election. He said the experienced senior leaders and youth leaders should be appointed as heads of the party.
The senior Congress leader appreciated Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala for fulfilling his duties and responsibilities. “There are various reasons the party fared poorly in the election. The party lost due to problems in the organisation that has existed for a long time. There is no point in criticising a specific individual for that without addressing these issues and finding a solution will hurt the party,” he told a leading Malayalam news channel on Wednesday.
Sudhakaran’s take on the UDF’s poll debacle hours after another senior Congress leader K Muraleedharan said that the Congress has gone through a bigger crisis in the past. "Congress has gone through big crises in the past also. Even in Punjab and Haryana, the party were in the Opposition for nearly 10 years. But the CPM got a big zero in Bengal and Tripura where they ruled for decades,” Muraleedharan said, adding that Congress will come back to power with full force.