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It’s poster war in Congress in Kerala intensifies; V.D. Satheesan the latest victim

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 25. With just a few days left for the announcement of the 14 district Congress Committee presidents in the Congress party in Kerala, an ugly poster war has broken out against the top leaders of the party and the latest victim is Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan and that too at his home turf in Ernakulam.

By now those who have come under severe attack include Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala, Shashi Tharoor and a few others.

The latest attack against Satheesan came when State party chief K. Sudhakaran reached Delhi for the last round of consultation with the party high command and also AICC organisational general secretary K.C. Venugopal.

One reason why this time things have gone from bad to worse in the Congress party is on account of the high command stepping in and arbitrarily announcing the names of Sudhakaran and Satheesan for the top posts.

Hitherto the Congress party since the turn of the present century was firmly under the control of Chandy and Chennithala, but with the walloping that the party suffered in the April 6 assembly polls, when for the first time a CPI-M led government under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan retained power, the high command decided to step in and act on its own.

A media critic on condition of anonymity said given the turn of events ever since the Chandy-Chennithala duo has been sidelined by the high command and Satheesan and Sudhakaran appointed, uneasy calm is prevailing in the party.

“This does not augur well for the party and there is every chance for a free for all in the party when the final list of the 14 will be announced. The first signs that things are not in order is form the poster war that has broken out against the top leaders. If better sense does not prevail among the high command and also among the top brass in the party, things could well be bad for the party,” said the critic.

Even though the erstwhile Chandy-Chennithala factions do not exist in the same force as they used to be in the past, today the scene is they are both in unison and this is where Satheesan and Sudhakaran could find the going tough.

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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