Within hours of cremation of Communist Marxist Party (CMP) founder leader MV Raghavan, rival factions formalised split in the party electing General Secretaries of their respective groups by meeting separately here.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday rejected the demand of opposition leader VS Achuthanandan for a CBI probe into the 'bar bribe' issue, holding that an examination by Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau was progressing on the matter.
Leader of opposition VS Achuthanandan on Monday asked two of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) allies, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Socialist Janatha (Democratic) Party, to leave the Oommen Chandy-led Kerala government.
Seeking to galvanise party cadres ahead of civic polls and highlighting various political and social issues, Kerala Pradesh Congress committee president VM Sudheeran will start over a month-long road campaign across the state from Tuesday.
The Centre is keenly watching the impact of Kerala government's decision to drastically reduce availability of liquor in the state on its flourishing tourism sector, Union minister Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday.
Congress in Kerala has urged the party high command to restrain lawyers associated with the party from appearing for the liquor barons in the petition filed by them in the Supreme Court, challenging the UDF Government's decision to close down over 700 bars.
Asserting that the ruling Congress-led UDF would go ahead with its decision to shut over 700 liquor bars, KPCC president VM Sudheeran on Wednesday said there was no rift within the Congress or the coalition over the new liquor policy.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday made it clear that his government would not go back on its new liquor policy of limiting bar licenses to only 5-star hotels as part of a move to implement total prohibition in the state in 10 years' time.
The victory of the ruling Congress-led UDF in 12 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state has made Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stronger as Kerala is one of the few states that bucked the anti-Congress trend in the country.
All arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of counting of votes for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala that went to polls on April 10, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala Nalini Netto said here on Tuesday.