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Adoor Prakash declares his candidacy for president of the Kerala Congress

Further aggravating the situation for incumbent K Sudhakaran, who has been under threats from certain quarters, are fresh contenders for the state Congress head post.

On Wednesday, senior leader Adoor Prakash, MP, publicly declared his intention to become the KPCC president, coinciding with a segment of the party’s movement for Christian representation in the cabinet. “Am I ineligible to hold the position of President of KPCC? Since 1972, I have been employed with the Congress. I have never left the party, and I worked my way up from the booth level to get here,” Prakash said to TNIE.

Notably, the party’s top leadership had just given Sudhakaran a setback and told him to take his time with his favorite project, the organizational makeover.

The biggest Hindu denomination in the state, the Ezhavas, has a poor representation in the party, drawing harsh criticism for Prakash’s candidacy for the top position. The community is becoming more and more resentful of the claimed disdain for its members’ nominations to legislative and organizational positions.

“Karunakaran last to maintain social harmony”

Political analyst Ajith Sreenivasan said, “There is only one Ezhava out of the total 21 Congress MLAs.” The community has been debating the assembly’s lack of representation, he added.

No Congress politician from the Ezhava community has held the position of chief minister since R Sankar. Vayalar Ravi was overlooked, but his contemporaries A K Antony and Oommen Chandy were able to reach the highest position. The group has been represented in the KPCC by V M Sudheeran, Mullapally Ramachandran, and K Sudhakaran, according to Sreenivasan.

K Karunakaran was the final leader to keep the community in balance. He stated that Antony had worked hard to maintain it.

In the meanwhile, a top Congress official said that the Ezhava population did not provide the party with considerable electoral support. He said that this is one of the reasons there is less representation. Prakash refuted the assertion, however.

“Ezhavas won’t believe they are receiving adequate representation unless the Congress appoints more community leaders to important positions. It was previously agreed upon in Congress that certain posts would only be awarded to leaders of a specific group. Recently, this practice has been discontinued,” he continued.

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