Wednesday 9 June 2021 6:57 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON June 9: The Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC UK) has welcomed the appointment of K Sudhakaran, MP, as the president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, OICC UK working president KK Mohandass said.
OICC UK leaders Vinod Chandran, Joshi Jose, Noichan Augustine, Sujudaniel, Alsahar Ali, Bipin Kuzhivelil, Babykutty George, Appa Gafoor, Soni Chacko, Sunil Raveendran, Prasad Kochuvila, Shinu Mathew, Joseph, Saju Antony, Binoy Philip, Ronnie, Sunudath, Babu, Sabu George, Joyce, Oommen Isaac, Rajesh Patel, Shaji Anand, Appachan, Makesh Mitcham and Jose Alexander congratulated the new KPCC President.
Mr Sudhakaran has been a four-time MLA and served as a minister in the AK Antony cabinet during the 2001-2004 period. A firebrand leader and a staunch critic of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he has been known as the party’s face in Kannur, a traditional Left fortress.
Known for his sharp speeches and daring personality, Mr Sudhakaran has a strong base of followers in north Kerala, especially in politically volatile Kannur. He is generally considered as one of the few Congress leaders who are strong enough to take on the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) in its citadel.
Mr Sudhakaran told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that Wayanad MP and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi informed him about his new responsibility over the phone.
Stating that he would try all possible ways to revive the party in Kerala and regain the confidence of its cadre, the veteran leader said he has been entrusted with the big responsibility of bringing the Congress back to its erstwhile organisational set up.
“I will try to take everyone in the party together and seek their support and cooperation to revive the party. The Congress will surely regain its strength and make a strong comeback in the state,” he added.
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