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Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran resigns from post for health reasons

13 March 2017

The injury he suffered from the fall at Kozhikode made it easy for him to take the hard decision.

The 69-year-old leader, known for taking a firm stand on issues that often led to differences with senior party colleagues, said he was sending his resignation letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi. As AICC president Sonia Gandhi is overseas, it is the duty of vice-president Rahul Gandhi to contact the state leadership and make alternative arrangement. "Doctors said a complete recovery may take a few months". "It is the time to fight against the anti-people policies of the state as well as the central government. In the present political scenario, as the party president, I can not keep away from duties, not even for a day", Sudheeran said.

He said his health does not allow him to lead agitations.

Sudheeran admitted to the newspersons that he had not discussed the resignation with anyone in the party, not even his closest confidants. Sudheeran resigned on Friday.

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Meanwhile, Chandy told reporters in Kochi that he would not succeed Sudheeran as KPCC chief in the state. Gandhi had promised different factions of the party in Kerala that a decision on the state's party organisation would be taken after the current round of assembly elections.

However, he sought the approval of A K Antony, the first in the Congress line of command in Kerala, before making up his mind, Sudheeran said.

"The national leadership has literally failed to gauge what the situation is in Kerala, had they done proper homework, Sudheeran would not have become the President in 2014". Chandy has been sulking since the Assembly elections.

Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran resigns from post for health reasons