statesman news service
Thiruvananthapuram ,
25 October
Groupism in the Congress has  erupted again following Mr Chandy’s failure to induct Mr Chennithala into his Cabinet by giving him the position of deputy chief minister or Home Minister and the infamous solar scam in which allegations have been leveled against the Chief Minister and many ‘A’ group leaders and Ministers.
The faction war in the State Congress unit had worsened to such levels that at one stage Mr Chennithala had told a newspaper in an interview that the chief minister can go his way and I will go mine.
Almost all coalition partners have publicly expressed unhappiness over the group war in Congress.
Even senior Congress leaders like former state president K Muraleedharan had said that the UDF might not get even a single seat in the Lok Sabha
election if it went to the polls without solving the problems in the party and the UDF.
   Apart from group wars, the factors that may affect the party’s poll prospects are the unprecedented rise in prices of essential commodities, the lingering
suspicions among the people over the solar scam, the media’s antagonistic attitude to the party and the UDF regime, according to highly placed sources.
 AICC  general secretary in-charge of Kerala, Mr Mukul Wasnik, in a report  has warned that the
faction feud raging in the state unit of the party may adversely affect its prospects in the Lok Sabha elections next year.