As the Congress gears up to face elections alongside its alliance partners (MVA) in Maharashtra, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has appointed Ramesh Chennithala as state in-charge in a strategic move.
Ramesh has adeptly managed alliance dynamics, especially in his home state of Kerala, where Congress is the lead partner in the United Democratic Front government.
His past contributions to uniting and fortifying alliances position him as a valuable leader, essential for the party’s endeavours in national elections alongside the Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I A), the opposition front announced by the leaders of 28 parties to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India.
A seasoned leader and working committee member of the (AICC), Ramesh’s vast political journey began as the Kerala Students Union (KSU) unit president. He eventually became the state president of KSU, the national president of the National Students’ Union and Youth Congress, and the AICC secretary.
His remarkable achievements include being the youngest minister in Kerala at the age of 28 in K. Karunakaran’s government and a five-time member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, as a Member of Parliament, and Minister for Home Affairs in the late Oommen Chandy ministry.
As the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president, he exhibited excellence in his responsibilities.
Known for his proficiency in English and Hindi, Chennithala has previously held key positions as AICC secretary, overseeing responsibilities in various states.
His recent success in handling internal party issues in Maharashtra reflects his adept leadership.
Having cultivated relationships at both state and national levels, including with leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Chennithala’s loyalty to the party and extensive experience make him a valuable asset.
His appointment is expected to contribute significantly to the resurgence of the Congress party in Maharashtra, given the party’s historical strength in the state and the optimism within the MVA alliance for a robust comeback in the general and state elections to be held this year.