Hitherto on most occasions, the entire top brass of the Congress leaders would be present to receive him, but on Monday it was just the Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan and Kozhikode party MP M.K. Raghavan were present. In the past, those who were present included Chandy, Chennithala, Mullapally Ramachandran and many others.
The present impasse in the party began last week when in finalising the list of District Congress Committee (DCC) chiefs and to reconstitute the party’s apex organisational body, veterans like Chandy, Chennithala, Ramachandran and V.M. Sudheeran were ignored and it was done by Satheesan and new state party president K. Sudhakaran in consultation with now strongman in the party K.C. Venugopal by virtue of being the AICC general secretary-Organisation.
All those leaders who were sidestepped according to sources have expressed their displeasure to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.