After Kerala Congress, State Youth Congress also witnesses infighting | India News

NEW DELHI: The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and District Congress Committees (DCC) are already plagued by dissent. Now, in the latest development, the state Youth Congress is also facing internal wrangling over nominations.
The Youth Congress is witnessing infighting over the announcement of the names of the spokesperson. The party was forced to put the names on hold for an hour after they were announced.
Among the four names reported was Arjun Radhakrishnan, son of Congress veteran and senior lawmaker Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, until the other day, was the top leader of the faction of the Congress party led by the two-time former chief minister Oommen Chandy. But he parted ways with Chandy and others with a grudge that they did not support him for the post of Leader of the Opposition.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan distanced himself from the faction that Chandy now leads and instead moved closer to the new state party chairman, K Sudhakaran.
Engineer by profession Arjun Radhakrishnan told media he had no idea why the list, after being announced, was quickly put on hold.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan was quick to respond when he said he had no idea what had happened and his son was a mature person and could choose his ways.
“I have no idea and I have no role in his appointment,” said Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
State Youth Congress President Shafi Parambil, who is also a congressional lawmaker, said that as soon as he heard about the announcement of the spokesperson list without his knowledge, he immediately had contacted the national leadership and had it canceled.
“Being the son of a congressional leader doesn’t mean there is an advantage and neither should that be seen as a disadvantage,” Parambil said.
Parambil also ruled out speculation that AICC secretary general (organization) KC Venugopal played a role in the nomination, as Arjun Radhakrishnan’s post was a gratuity for his father joining the new center of power of Sudhakaran, leader of the opposition VD Satheesan, which is controlled by Venugopal.
Besides the Youth Congress, the DCCs face issues regarding the selection of 14 district party presidents. They saw the resignation and the internal squabbles over the appointments.
Previously, KPCC secretary PS Prasanth was expelled from the party for rebelling against All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary general (organization) KC Venugopal.
In a frontal attack on Venugopal last month, Prasanth said: “The root cause of the organizational problems in Kerala is KC Venugopal. AV Gopinath, former chairman of the DCC Palakkad, quit the party because of this. No one received a post in Kerala who did not have a personal commitment to KC Venugopal. ”
He accused Venugopal of lacking organizational skills. He said: “Whether it is Goa, Chattisgarh or the Punjab, the Congress is facing problems due to its lack of organizational skills. In the Punjab, the new leader of Congress is working against the chief minister. Venugopal’s job isn’t just to travel with Rahul. Gandhi in the car when he comes to Kerala, but to strengthen the party. This is why I wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi to underline it.
Claiming that he was not criticizing Congress but an individual, Prasanth alleged that Venugopal works as “an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party”.
Prasanth’s letter to Gandhi read: “Since he (KC Venugopal) took charge, we have been able to witness the destruction of the party in states such as Goa, Karnataka, MP, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh etc … Members of Congress in Kerala doubt that his actions to collapse the party are consistent with the collusion he has made with the BJP. ”
(With IANS entries)