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. They insisted Sudheeran had no political reasons to resign.
Earlier in the day, Sudheeran put in his papers after a three-year stint as the State Congress president. No immediate announcement is expected since party president Sonia Gandhi is reportedly out of the country. The timing of the resignation is significant as it has come on the eve of the counting of votes in the Assembly elections in five States. He also has ruled out requests from the national leadership to reconsider his decision.
Though seasoned politicians like veteran Oommen Chandy never uttered a word against the national leadership, they were clearly totally unhappy with it. "In the present political scenario, as the party president, I can not keep away from duties, not even for a day", Sudheeran said. "I took this decision based on doctor's advice". Sudheeran, whom Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had handpicked to lead the party in the state, said internal problems in the state unit had nothing to do with his decision. "The secular parties should learn lessons from this outcome", he said.
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But Muraleedharan - son of Karunakaran and a former state President - ruled himself out from the post.
Whosoever gets the nod will find the going tough as the party has to revive itself from the grassroots, which is not an easy task as the Congress is in power neither in the state nor at the Centre.