People familiar with the situation stated that the Congress, which has been dealing with unhappiness in its Punjab and Rajasthan divisions, is now dealing with a similar issue in Kerala, where a segment of senior politicians is disgruntled at being sidelined and disregarded.
Discontent within the party erupted in Kerala after the party’s Kerala unit president M Ramachandran and the Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala were dismissed after the party failed to reclaim power. Last month, the Left Democratic Front, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), surged back to power in Kerala.
Chennithala supporters said that he was denied a “honourable exit” and a meeting with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. He was not even consulted before the names of the new state unit commander and the opposition leader were announced, according to his accusers.
The majority of legislators, according to the leader, wanted Chennithala to continue. Another leader, however, stated that this was not the case. “The majority of the party’s youthful MLAs (members of the legislative assembly) and MPs (members of Parliament) proposed modifications. Tariq Anwar, the Congressman in charge of the state, conducted a lengthy meeting with MLAs, MPs, and other party leaders.”