THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC political affairs committee, which met in the capital after the humiliating defeat of the party in assembly elections, decided to go for a thorough revamp in the organization from the booth-level to KPCC. A two-day meeting of the political affairs committee will be held on May 18 and 19 to finalize the revamp in the party.
Earlier, at the meeting most leaders took the same stand and accepted responsibility for the defeat of the party. However, a few leaders criticized Mullappally Ramachandran, Ramesh Chennithala and Oommen Chandy for the poll debacle.
In his opening remarks, Ramachandran alleged that he is being cornered for the poll debacle while defeat in elections is a collective responsibility. He alleged that there is an attempt to oust him unceremoniously. However, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, who spoke soon afterwards, made it clear that everyone has equal responsibility and hence there is no point in targeting a single leader for the poll debacle. Meanwhile, former chief minister Oommen Chandy said he is the first person responsible for the defeat as he was the chairman of the election committee. Both Chennithala and Chandy said they are ready to accept the decisions taken by AICC in the coming days.
Soon, all senior leaders like K Sudhakaran, K Muraleedharan and VD Satheesan opined that there was no point in singling out leaders for the defeat. We all have a collective responsibility for this defeat and hence a thorough introspection is required. Not just cosmetic changes but a massive revamp right from the bottom level to the KPCC is required, they said in unison.
There was a collective opinion that all jumbo district congress committees and even the KPCC should be dismantled and a new effective committee should come in its place.
The meeting also decided to collect reports from mandalam, booth, block and district-level committees on what went wrong and where. KPCC general secretaries and party MPs, who were given charge of each constituency and district, will be meeting all candidates individually to collect their feedback.