Even as change of opposition leadesrhip is being debated in Congress circles in the state, former KPCC chief K.Muralidharan, has come out with a "clarification" on his earlier suggestion that Ramesh Chennithala should be replaced by former chief minister OommenChandy as Opposition Leader in the Kerala Assembly so as to be more effective. Muralidharan told media persons on Tuesday that he only meant that OommenChandy was capable of holding any position as a senior leader of the Congress including that of the leader of opposition.
Muralidharan also clarified that he never meant a change of leadership.
But the 'I' group in the Congress party in the state is irked by Muralidharan's suggestion earlier that Ramesh Chennithala could be replaced by Oommen Chandy. Significantly Muralidharan has been part of the 'I' group led by Ramesh Chennithala although there have been of late reports that he was moving closer to the 'A' group led Oommen Chandy. Congress spokesman Joseph Vazhakkan alleged on Tuesday that Muralidharan was unnecessarily raking up non-issues and raising controversy to confuse Congress ranks. Another leader V.D.Satheesan had also expressed the same view the other day.
Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC acting president M.M.Hassan are yet to join the debate. Hassan had a few weeks back hinted that there was no need whatsoever for
Ramesh to be replaced by Oommen Chandy and thatthey were both equally capable in their respective roles.
Meanwhile speculation is rife in political circles that leadership change is on the cards in the party. Congress groups are awaiting the forthcoming visit of AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi to Kerala next month when the issue is expected to be sorted out by him.