THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Observers appointed by All India Congress Committee (AICC) will be meeting the newly-elected party MLAs individually to know their choice of the opposition leader.
With the assembly session expected to begin in the second week of June, the observers are likely to reach the state soon after the lockdown.
A decision on whether Ramesh Chennithala should continue as the opposition leader will be made after the meeting. Chennithala has already said he will abide by the committee’s decision.
AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and M Vaidyalingam will be reaching the state after May 20 to hold discussions with the party leaders and also for the meetings with the MLAs. The observers will also attend a parliamentary party meeting of the newlyelected MLAs.
The observers will submit a report to the party high command which will take the final call on Chennithala.
The party high command is also likely to consider the opinion of senior party leaders on the issue. The organizational restructuring process, including the appointment of a new KPCC president, is expected to kick off only after the high command makes a decision on it.
If Chennithala steps down as the opposition leader, V D Satheesan from the “I” group and Thiruvanchur Radhakrishan from the “A” are likely to be the front runners for the post. Already, there is a growing demand for a generational shift in the parliamentary party as well as in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). Hence, chances of more young leaders coming to the fore are likely.
The selection of the new parliamentary party chief is crucial since the assembly is expected to convene in June for the budget session.
That is one reason why AICC has decided to send the observers this month itself to the state.
The KPCC political affairs committee had already decided to go for a total revamp in the state right from the grassroots level to the top.
For this, a two meeting of the PAC will be held from May 18.
A report of the meeting will be submitted to the AICC observers.