Congress is upbeat about its probabilities within the upcoming Kerala meeting elections and hopes that previous precedent of a change of guard each 5 years doesn’t skip this time round. The Instances of India’s Sreekumar Purayil and Sanjeev Singh spoke to former MP, state minister and senior Congress chief PC Chackoon vast ranging points from BJP making inroads to how Rahul Gandhi’s unwillingness to change into president is letting down the social gathering.
How do you charge UDF’s possibilities of coming to energy in Kerala?
We usually see a change of presidency in Kerala each 5 years. However greater than this, the present authorities has come beneath extreme criticism for a lot of failures, particularly on the problem of corruption. The LDF does have some achievements to point out when it comes to improvement, however corruption is overtaking every little thing. Of late, the chief minister’s workplace, the CM himself, and a few of his ministers have been linked to some explosive revelations. The federal government doesn’t get pleasure from a clear picture which is a prerequisite for any authorities to come back again to energy in Kerala.
What are the problems that you’re elevating in your election marketing campaign?
Not a single appointment has been completed from the Public Choice Committee (PSC) choice committee. Short-term workers who’re cronies of the federal government or the ruling social gathering are getting appointed. That has led to anger among the many PSC rank holders and the folks. 1000’s of individuals chosen beneath PSC are up in arms. The federal government is going through criticism from completely different fronts. Additionally, the CPM is a really dictatorial social gathering. Even the coalition companions really feel the warmth many instances. The Left entrance is a bundle of contradictions. When they’re in opposition, they oppose all developmental works. However after they come to energy, they change into votaries of improvement. Individuals don’t consider they’ve real curiosity within the improvement of the state.
How do you assess BJP’s probabilities in Kerala in these elections?
They may not open their account in 70 years. They narrowly gained in a single meeting seat resulting from some failure from the Congress within the final meeting election. They’ve to succeed in 71 members from one member to come back to energy within the 140 member meeting. It’s unattainable and other people don’t contemplate BJP as a possible social gathering that may rule the state. Solely a small part of the Hindus are supporting BJP. They’ve solely managed to ballot 14-15 p.c votes whereas they want 25-30 p.c votes to come back to energy in Kerala. It is just when Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have come to energy in Delhi that they’re spending cash like water.
The key Hindu group in Kerala is the Ezhava group and SNDP is their organisation. The SNDP Yogam has at all times been supporting the Congress social gathering besides the present president. All leaders of the Nair Service Society (NSS) like Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai have been additionally leaders of the Congress. Our social gathering may be very a lot aligned with Christian teams additionally as a result of we’re a secular social gathering.
How do you view some Christians teams supporting BJP throughout this election?
Roman Catholics are the bulk amongst Christians, then come the Jacobites and the orthodox Christians amongst others. By and enormous, all of them are extra snug with the Congress than the CPM or BJP. The saffron social gathering is attempting to get into their favour by getting concerned in a battle. Two Christian teams are having a battle. The Prime Minister known as each teams, so each have been pleased and went to satisfy him. The BJP is calculating that because the PM has intervened, one faction will assist them, however the truth is that Christians, Muslims or some other minority group in Kerala, they suppose BJP is towards them.
What’s your opinion on the ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan becoming a member of BJP?
He’s a secular man and I consider he can’t be part of any communal organisation. He could have gone there resulting from some temptation however he won’t be snug there. I’m fairly certain about that. They’re proposing him because the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate however there’ll by no means be a BJP chief minister in Kerala. So how can he be a chief ministerial candidate.
How do you reconcile Congress preventing the Left events in Kerala and allying with them in Tamil Nadu and Bengal?
The key political opponent within the nation is BJP. So, each different political social gathering thinks the sensible resolution is to come back collectively beneath the management of the Congress as a result of it’s our social gathering that fights BJP on the nationwide degree. That’s the reason these events and Congress have come collectively in different states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. It simply so occurs that CPM and Congress are the principle political events, that makes them pure enemies within the state.
Congress doesn’t have a full-fledged president. How does this have an effect on the social gathering?
We’re disillusioned that Congress goes from unhealthy to worse. Our scenario in lots of elements of the nation is getting worse as a result of we don’t have a powerful management. Persons are proud of Rahul Gandhi and he attracts crowds wherever he goes and it’s the identical with Priyanka Gandhi. However the factor is president is president, and one can’t run the social gathering by way of nominees. Congress is a president – oriented social gathering. If Rahul will not be taking up as president of the social gathering, it is going to be very unlucky for Congress.