Party leaders in Kerala indicated that the state unit was in favor of Rahul taking up the post he had left after the Congress’ defeat in the 2019 general elections.
Former Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala told the media in Alappuzha that the general sentiment in the party in Kerala is that Rahul Gandhi should take over the reins of the party. “The state unit has not suggested any candidate. Massive turnout of people and party workers during Bharat Jodi Travel Shows Rahul’s support. It is up to Tharoor whether he is contesting to become the national president of the party or not.
Lok Sabha K Muraleedharan, MP from Vadakara in Kerala and former president of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), also made a similar point. “Whoever contests for the post of party president, only a person with the support of the Nehru (Gandhi) family will become the president. Our vote is for Rahul. Watch the crowd at the yatra – if someone else was doing it, there wouldn’t have been such an impressive crowd,” said Muraleedharan, son of former CM late K Karunakaran.
The leaders of the G-23 group have not found much support in the party’s Kerala unit. while the former Rajya Sabha Member PJ Kurien is not active in the party, KV Thomas, another veteran Congressman who rebelled against Rahul, has been completely sidelined.
In ChandigarhThe Haryana unit (HPCC) passed two resolutions: one requesting Rahul to take over as party chief considering the “feelings of all”, and another empowering the Congress president to appoint PCC office bearers.
Announcing the resolution, HPCC president Uday Bhan told the media, “The resolution to make Rahul Gandhi the national president of the party was passed unanimously. In the meeting we all agreed that we request Rahul Gandhi to file nomination for the post of President.
PCCs in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir have already passed similar resolutions.
In Ranchi, the party’s Jharkhand in-charge Avinash Pandey said, “All our leaders unanimously decided and passed a resolution that Rahul Gandhi should be the AICC chief.” Stating that party leaders and workers in Jharkhand want Rahul as AICC president, PCC chief Rajesh Thakur said, “He should also decide on PCC chiefs.”
Rahul is currently on a tour of Kerala as part of the party’s Bharat Jodi Yatra. Given the support he enjoys among party leaders in the state, Rahul is unlikely to face any opposition in Kerala. Last week, the KPCC held a meeting to select its new chairman and a resolution was moved in favor of K Sudhakaran, handing over the final decision. Sonia Gandhi,
In Goa, where the Congress recently inducted eight of its 11 party MLAs BJPA similar resolution was passed in the newly elected PCC meeting in Panaji. In a statement, the GPCC said that all elected and co-opted PCC members resolved that Rahul Gandhi “should be unanimously elected as the President of AICC. He has a prominent place in the Congress. He is continuously and fearlessly fighting against wrong policies and communal agenda [of the government],
In Chandigarh, former Haryana CM and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said: “The party will welcome its leader Rahul Gandhi and all those participating in the ongoing Bharat Jodi Yatra on their arrival in Haryana. There will be an unprecedented presence of Congress workers to welcome the yatra.
The state unit of the party on the occasion also finalized the list of 195 delegates to strengthen its rank and file at the grassroots level.
The resolution was passed in a meeting of new HPCC representatives and MLAs chaired by former MP Tarachand Bhagoda, State Returning Officer (PRO), Hooda, state unit chief Uday Bhan, HPCC working presidents, MLAs and senior leaders.
The unanimously submitted resolution authorizes the Congress President to nominate the HPCC President, Vice President, Treasurer, Executive Members, State Election Committee and AICC members from the state. Senior leaders approved it and all the delegates unanimously passed the resolution by raising their hands, it was informed.
With inputs from ENS at Ranchi and Panaji