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Catholic magazine blames 'pseudo-idealists' for Cong loss

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

A Catholic community magazine has blamed "pseudo-idealists" in the in for its poor performance in the recent elections and said the party needed powerful leadership at the national-level.

Recalling the K Karunakaran-era in the in the state, an article in the latest issue of 'Laity Voice', the mouthpiece of the Syro Malabar Laity Commission, says the guided by "pseudo-idealists" is "drifting in the seas" finding it difficult to get a direction. "The has suffered a humiliating defeat in the recently held Assembly elections. If the Congress has a history in Kerala, that is the golden era of the party under the leadership of Karunakaran," says the magazine which has a readership base among members of Catholic community, a traditional vote base of the Congress-led in the state. The article said Congress required powerful leadership at the national-level to save the party "which is now like a ship adrift in mid-sea."

It also emphasised the need for replacing old "pseudo-idealists" with young dynamic leadership at the helm of the Congress.

"Energy and enthusiasm of the party are drained out as some old pseudo-idealists in the party still treat the Congress power centre as fun in their retirement life," it said.

Stating that the "country still needs the Congress and not a Congress-free India," it said there should be conscious efforts to strengthen the party at the grassroots-level and create an alternative to the present dispensation.

The Catholic community, especially those from the Syro Malabar stream, are considered as a major support base of the Congress in general and the in particular in However, the Congress and its partners, especially Christian-dominated Congress, suffered severe drubbings in many of its strongholds in the assembly elections held in May this year.

First Published: Fri, July 08 2016. 18:22 IST