Arrest of KS Sabarinadhan Reveals Dissent in Youth Congress – The New Indian Express

Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The arrest and subsequent release of the State Vice President of the Youth Congress, KS Sabarinadhan, may have energized the organization once again. However, the sequence of events that led to his arrest, including the leaked WhatsApp chat posted to the organization’s official group for heads of state, exposed the dissent simmering within.

State and national leaders have no idea who leaked the screenshot that was sure to trap Sabarinadhan. Following the controversy, the YC WhatsApp group settings were changed, allowing only administrators like State President Shafi Parambil and State Secretary General Jobin Joseph to post messages.

We learn that management has launched an investigation to discover the “traitor” who leaked the screenshot. Sources close to Shafi suspect there are concerted efforts to portray him as a failed president. They also cite the recent controversy over the alleged sexual assault of a female Dalit leader during the YC Chintan Shivir in Palakkad as another controversy aimed at defaming Shafi.

When Sabarinadhan was arrested, opposition leader VD Satheesan and Shafi were in the assembly. Shafi rushed to Shankhumukham to express his solidarity with the vice president of the outfit who was dramatically arrested by police, who described Sabarinadhan as the “mastermind” behind the alleged attack bid on the CM on an IndiGo flight.

Since his defeat in the 2021 parliamentary elections in Aruvikkara, Sabarinadhan has focused exclusively on YC activities. Despite his eagerness to become the Thiruvananthapuram District Congress Leader, the criterion that defeated candidates should not be imposed on the District Leader has played spoilsport for him. At the head of the YC, Shafi and Sabarinadhan have the support of another vice-president Rijil Makkutty, based in Kannur.

Sources said there is a powerful splinter group consisting of Riyas Mukkoli, NS Nussoor, SJ Premraj and SM Balu. The splinter group requested the intervention of the YC national leadership to investigate the reasons for Sabarinadhan’s arrest. “There will be a changing of the guard in Congress leadership in some districts after the Chintan Shivir is held this weekend in Kozhikode. Thiruvananthapuram is a district where the incumbent president is likely to be changed. Now there is a young and eligible candidate for the job,” a YC executive said, saying the episode will prove to be a blessing in disguise for Sabarinadhan.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The arrest and subsequent release of the State Vice President of the Youth Congress, KS Sabarinadhan, may have energized the organization once again. However, the sequence of events that led to his arrest, including the leaked WhatsApp chat posted to the organization’s official group for heads of state, exposed the dissent simmering within. State and national leaders have no idea who leaked the screenshot that was sure to trap Sabarinadhan. Following the controversy, the YC WhatsApp group settings were changed, allowing only administrators like State President Shafi Parambil and State Secretary General Jobin Joseph to post messages. We learn that management has launched an investigation to discover the “traitor” who leaked the screenshot. Sources close to Shafi suspect there are concerted efforts to portray him as a failed president. They also cite the recent controversy over the alleged sexual assault of a female Dalit leader during the YC Chintan Shivir in Palakkad as another controversy aimed at defaming Shafi. When Sabarinadhan was arrested, opposition leader VD Satheesan and Shafi were in the assembly. Shafi rushed to Shankhumukham to express his solidarity with the vice president of the outfit who was dramatically arrested by police, who described Sabarinadhan as the “mastermind” behind the alleged attack bid on the CM on an IndiGo flight. Since his defeat in the 2021 parliamentary elections in Aruvikkara, Sabarinadhan has focused exclusively on YC activities. Despite his eagerness to become the Thiruvananthapuram District Congress Leader, the criterion that defeated candidates should not be imposed on the District Leader has played spoilsport for him. At the head of the YC, Shafi and Sabarinadhan have the support of another vice-president Rijil Makkutty, based in Kannur. Sources said there is a powerful splinter group consisting of Riyas Mukkoli, NS Nussoor, SJ Premraj and SM Balu. The splinter group requested the intervention of the YC national leadership to investigate the reasons for Sabarinadhan’s arrest. “There will be a changing of the guard in Congress leadership in some districts after the Chintan Shivir is held this weekend in Kozhikode. Thiruvananthapuram is a district where the incumbent president is likely to be changed. Now there is a young and eligible candidate for the job,” a YC executive said, saying the episode will prove to be a blessing in disguise for Sabarinadhan.