Congress in Kerala Tuesday appointed veteran leader K Sudhakaran as the party’s new state president. “Rahul Gandhi called up and conveyed the news,” a beaming Sudhakaran told the media.
“I see this as a huge responsibility. And I accept the challenge and that is to bring back the Congress party in a big way. For this, I will seek the help and cooperation of all the leaders in our party. And I am sure that I will be able to get their help and support,” he said.
The incumbent party president Mullapally Ramachandran had resigned after the party’s debacle in the April 6 Assembly polls.
Reacting to the news, senior leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said now that the decision has been made, all the Congress leaders and workers will abide by the high command’s decision. And all will work together with Sudhakaran.
The 73-year-old Sudhakaran has been a four-time legislator. And presently he is in his second term as a Lok Sabha member from Kannur — the citadel of the CPI-M and home of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Known for his tirades against the CPI-M, he is seen as a Congress leader that the CPI-M dreads.
His battle with the CPI-M has become a byword in Kannur. And the scene gets enlivened when the well-built Sudhakaran arrives at any place where there is a commotion between CPI-M and Congress cadres. There are also plenty of videos showing him taking on the police force.