Congress' Kerala president VM Sudheeran resigns after three years

Posted March 13, 2017

Sudheeran has assumed charge of KPCC president on Feb.10 2014 replacing the present opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.

Mr. Sudheeran went about his task quite seriously, but soon found out that factional politics was murkier that he thought.

"The UDF will not start preparations for the election without a KPCC president", he clarified. "It will take prolonged treatment and hence I was convinced that I can not carry out my duty as KPCC president to its fullest sense", said Sudheeran.

State party Vice-President V D Satheeshan and former Kerala Congress Chief K Muraleedharan are seen as Sudheeran's possible successors.

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The state Congress party was controlled by K. Karunakaran and A. K. Antony for over three decades till the early 2000s, but things changed with the passing away of Karunakaran.

Selection of Sudheeran, naming of candidates to the May 2016 assembly polls and the revamp of the 14 district party chiefs was decided in Delhi. Many in the state leadership drew parallels between Punjab and Kerala and wished for the comeback of seasoned leader Oommen Chandy. Sudheeran, who made the announcement at the KPCC headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, said he would hand over his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi later in the day. 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. "The secular parties should learn lessons from this outcome", he said.

"The new President would be selected after looking into various issues", remarked Radhakrishnan.