The party high command has appointed the 73-year-old leader to the top post in place of Mullapally Ramachandran after several days of deliberations in the state and New Delhi. Sudhakaran is representing Kannur parliamentary constituency for the second time in the Lok Sabha. He has been an MLA four times and was also a minister in the AK Antony-led government during 2001-2004.
Sudhakaran, a flamboyant leader and an outspoken critic of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, is considered the face of the Congress in Kannur, a stronghold of the Left. Due to his sharp statements and fearless personality, he has a good support base in North Kerala, especially in Kannur.
There was talk of a change in the leadership of the state unit of the Congress in Kerala after the defeat to the ruling LDF in the assembly elections and getting only 41 seats. When VD Satishan was elected the legislature party leader last month, it was almost clear that there would be a change in the post of KPCC chief.
Sudhakaran, however, said that Rahul Gandhi informed him about the new assignment over phone. “I will try my best to re-strengthen the party in the state and instill confidence in the party cadre,” he said.
“I will try to take everyone along in the party and seek everyone’s cooperation and support to rebuild the party,” he said. Congress will be strong again and will come back strongly in the state.