Shashi Tharoor’s so-called whirlwind ‘Malabar tour’ has turned up warmth among the many celebration’s jittery state leaders who worry that the senior MP will quickly eat up the substantial house they personal within the management, if given an obstacle-free passage.
Only a month after he misplaced the Congress presidential polls, although after profitable a formidable 1,072 votes, Tharoor has set his eyes on Kerala the place the celebration’s new management in organisation and legislature is struggling, as they might not match the one led by Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala they displaced after Meeting polls.
As a middle-class icon, Tharoor’s supporters consider, he might entice individuals exterior the Congress ecosystem to the celebration and can be a reputable chief ministerial face however it is not going to be a simple trip for the diplomat-turned-politician.
The central management is carefully watching the developments in Kerala and to date has not made any opposed remarks in opposition to Tharoor’s “political tour” in northern Kerala, although his supporters allege that Congress Basic Secretary (Organisation) Ok C Venugopal is attempting to chop the Thiruvananthapuram MP to dimension.
Tharoor’s Kerala bid shouldn’t be the identical this time, as he’s on a greater footing within the state in comparison with his Congress presidential bid and his nationwide ambitions. On the nationwide degree, he was an underdog in opposition to a behemoth organisational construction, although he managed to have an excellent present.
In Kerala, youth leaders really feel there’s a management disaster within the Congress state unit, as each state president Ok Sudhakaran and Chief of Opposition V D Satheesan are “not efficient sufficient” to nook the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Entrance authorities.
Final 12 months, the younger and restive leaders compelled a management change within the state bringing in Satheesan as Chief of Opposition changing the veteran Chennithala, ignoring even the needs of the latter’s in any other case bete noir Chandy. Sudhakaran was additionally appointed as new celebration chief however the euphoria quickly made means for despair.
Whereas impatience of the leaders over the iron grip of Chennithala and Chandy and their failure to ship in 2021 led to the change, the identical set of individuals are actually upset with their selection of recent leaders for not giving a course to the celebration. A variety of youth leaders, together with Ok Sabarinath and Hibi Eden, publicly supported Tharoor within the Congress presidential election.
In a means, Tharoor has gauged the temper within the state unit and is aware of who all might help him. Virtually one-third of the over 300 delegates from Kerala are believed to have voted in his favour within the celebration presidential election.
The uneasiness within the state management was evident when it prevented the Youth Congress’s Kozhikode district unit from organising a seminar involving Tharoor and from the frequent criticism by a piece of leaders. Satheesan, with out naming Tharoor, stated that they can’t permit anybody to conduct “parallel” programmes and revive factionalism within the state.
For the Kerala Congress management, the importance of Muslim League’s purple carpet welcome when Tharoor visited its chief Panakkad Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal at his residence was not missed. They’ve additionally famous the invitation to Tharoor by the influential Nair Service Society (NSS), as each had a frosty relationship until lately.
Curiously, each Chandy and Chennithala are additionally watching the developments and are stated to be pleased with the best way Tharoor has put the state management underneath strain.