Congress Kerala prez resigns, cites ill health

Mar 13, 2017, 01:14
Congress Kerala prez resigns, cites ill health

V.M. Sudheeran, president of the Congress party's Kerala unit, has announced his resignation, citing health reasons. VM Sudheeran has declared his decision to quit at the KPCC headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.

He had recently been injured in a road accident in Kozhikode. Gandhi had promised different factions of the party in Kerala that a decision on the state's party organisation would be taken after the current round of assembly elections.

But Mr. Sudheeran held out, of course, with a strong backing from none other than AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi. Prolonged treatment is needed for me. "In the present political scenario, as the party president, I can not keep away from duties, not even for a day", Sudheeran said. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala too favours Chandy as KPCC chief as the duo shared a rapport when Chennithala was the KPCC president and Chandy was the parliamentary party leader. He has served as Speaker and health minister of Kerala. "I'll be sending the resignation letter to the Congress president today", Sudheeran told reporters on Friday. "There is no change in my stand", the senior Congress leader said. As he had always stood neutrally to party issues, he was never favoured by any of these groups.

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Sources close to Sudheeran said that there was no response from the high command and Sudheeran was in no mood to relent.

Congress leaders were taken aback by the decision of Sudheeran, who assumed office in early 2014 ahead of the Lok Sabha election. There are high chances that former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to be entitled to this responsibility.