Highlights:

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kerala for a two-day visit on Wednesday morning
  • The congress leader will be visiting his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad today
  • On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi will fly back to the national capital

On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kerala for a two-day visit, as per reports. His visit comes at a time when there is growing dissent in the party’s state unit. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Congress leader will be visiting his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad today, and his visit is seen as an attempt to settle the tussle within the Kerala Pradesh Congress unit.

As per reports, Rahul Gandhi arrived at Calicut airport in Karipur on Wednesday morning and is set to visit Kozhikode and Malappuram later in the day. He has around three programs assigned for Wednesday at his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad, from where he was elected to Lok Sabha in the 2019 elections. On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi will fly back to the national capital.

Dissension in Kerala’s units of Congress has become too frequent in recent days. Reportedly, a tussle emerged in the faction-ridden party, concerning the appointment of new party president K Sudhakaran, who is a rigid leader from the Communist heartland Kannur coupled with opposition leader VD Satheesan, shelving two powerful blocs headed by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and senior leader Ramesh Chennithala, who ruled the party for over one and a half-decade. Problems arose after the DCC president’s list was issued last month.

On Monday, VM Sudheeran declared his resignation from the All India Congress Committee (AICC), which is the second-highest decision-making body of the party following the Congress Working Committee. His announcement follows two days after he quit the party’s political affair committee (PAC). VM Sudheeran, former PCC chief and a five-time MP did not mention the reason behind his decision. However, his close associates voiced that he was not happy with the functioning of new PCC chief K Sudhakaran and opposition leader VD Satheesan.

Reports suggest that there are multiple complaints that decisions are taken unanimously, and the senior leaders are often ignored. Sources familiar with the matter informed that the former Congress chief will speak to both Sudhakaran and Satheesan in an effort to settle things. However, it is to see whether the Congress leader’s visit settles the tussle within the party unit.

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