Bringing hope of contemporary air to the State unit, which is badly broken within the second wave of LDF led by Pinarayi Vijayan, the Congress get together determined to nominate VD Satheesan as its chief within the Kerala Meeting. The announcement comes 21 days after the outcomes of the Meeting elections had been introduced adopted by a sequence of discussions amidst the confusion.
Satheesan would be the chief of Opposition, the Congress-led United Democratic Entrance (UDF) within the fifteenth state Meeting. “The AICC on Saturday nominated Satheesan as the leader of the party’s parliamentary party in the Kerala Assembly,” mentioned KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran.
Marking a era shift within the Congress in Kerala and the UDF coalition it leads within the Home, Satheesan replaces veteran Ramesh Chennithala. In response to political observers, an identical era shift occurred within the state Congress in 1967, when a brand new chief got here because the chief of its nine-member parliamentary get together, Ok Karunakaran, who later got here to be popularly referred to as ‘Leader’.
The newest resolution got here after many of the newly-elected MLAs most popular a change within the Home management. AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and R Vaithilingam had arrived in Kerala after the Meeting election outcomes and held one-on-one discussions with all of the 21 Congress MLAs. Of those, no less than 12 are reported to have chosen Satheesan over Chennithala. There have been stories that the faction led by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy provided his assist to Chennithala.
Satheesan might be main a 41-member UDF comprising of the Congress, Muslim League and Kerala Congress. The Opposition additionally has one member every from NCK, a break up away faction from NCP and RMP, a break up away faction from CPM within the Kerala Meeting, in comparison with the 47-member UDF led by Ramesh Chennithala from 2016 to 2021. The Muslim League has 15 members.
The State unit of the Congress seen as its finest wager in these elections, particularly because of the ‘alternative term to opposition’ phenomenon within the final 4 many years, needed to face a humiliating defeat by the ‘Pinarayi juggernaut.’
Satheesan, 56, was elected from the Paravur constituency in Ernakulam district for a fifth consecutive time period and has served because the vice-president of the state unit and an AICC secretary previously. He’s the primary chief of Opposition within the State from a seat in Eranakulam district, by the way, which despatched eight members together with Satheesan out of the entire 21 Congress MLAs.
Satheesan began his electoral politics with a defeat in 1996 in Paravur. A superb orator and voracious reader, he was additionally the president of the PAC and estimate committees within the final Meeting.
Satheesan rose by the Congress ranks from the Kerala College students Union (KSU), like Ramesh Chennithala. He, a former chairman of Mahatma Gandhi College College students Union (1986-1987), has additionally served because the secretary for Nationwide College students Union (NSU). He’s a double postgraduate, one in Social Sciences from Rajagiri College Sciences Kalamassery and the opposite in Legislation from Kerala College.
Satheesan, a local of Nettur within the Kochi Company, has been a part of the ‘I’ faction and later with the Ramesh Chennithala faction within the Congress. Nevertheless, he was not related to any teams within the get together for nearly a decade. He started to maintain a distance from the factions after the 2011 elections. Neither the group nor the get together thought of him to the UDF cupboard in 2011, regardless of his extraordinary efficiency in lots of a debate for his get together within the Meeting and out of doors particularly the one with then Finance Minister Thomas Issac.
“Traditional way of the opposition has to change (and) will discuss with colleagues on this. During the pandemic, we will be with the govt. People wish all the parties should work together to fight the crisis. I assure you that we will give unconditional support to the government in the measures they take to overcome this pandemic,” Satheeshan mentioned.
He added that in instances of disaster individuals don’t need political events to battle with one another however to work collectively.
“We will support all the good things done by this government. When they do wrong, we will point that out inside and outside the Assembly,” Satheeshan mentioned.