25 June, 2021

Split Infinity

On the surface, the transition was smooth, but the churning before could be an indication of greater turmoil to come

Anil Manacaud
Split Infinity
The Congress, which led its allies in the United Democratic Front (udf) to a massive victory in the May 10 assembly poll, surprised everybody by ensuring a smooth transition for A.K. Antony from leader of the Opposition to chief minister. Arch rival K. Karunakaran sheathed his sword for the time being and fell in line with the general mood at the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram that unanimously elected Antony as its leader.

In a bid to appear even-handed, the high command directed its emissary Ghulam Nabi Azad to announce the nomination of Karunakaran's son K. Muraleedharan as the new Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (kpcc) chief shortly after Antony and his udf colleagues were sworn in on May 16 at the Raj Bhavan. Azad also made the grandiose declaration that all groups within the Congress stood dissolved and that henceforth the high command would not recognise or encourage group activity within the party.

Few doubt that this is a diktat the Congress high command will find difficult to enforce. True, the udf's overwhelming mandate in the...

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