The opposition leadership in Kerala Assembly is now being sought to be made a bone of contention by a section of Congress leaders in the state. Of late there have been a statement war among these Congress leaders for and against two top ranking leaders of the party namely former chief minister Oommen Chandy and the present Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala.
For the past few months there has been a whispering campaign within the Congress against Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala who according to a section in the party is not performing effectively as the opposition leader. But the anti-Ramesh Chennithala campaign came to the open when no less than a senior leader and former KPCC president K.Muralidharan demanded that Oommen Chandy should replace Ramesh Chennithala as the Opposition Leader in the house in order to be more effective. Muralidharan hinted that Chennithala lacked the charisma, stature and popularity of Oommen Chandy who is the ideal person to lead the party both inside the assembly and outside.
As soon as Muralidharan's remark started being discussed among Congress and UDF circles, party MLA V.D.Satheesan contradicted the former KPCC chief. Satheesan said on Monday that such a debate was unnecessary and unwarranted and amounted to creating confusion among party ranks. Satheesan stated that change of leadership was never on the agenda. He added that Ommen Chandy's name was being unnecessary being drawn into the controversy.
Now that two senior leaders have clashed with each other on the opposition leadership question, more Congressmen are likely to join issue in the coming days. However neither Ommen Chandy nor Ramesh Chennithala has so far commented on the subject which involves them both.