Kochi: As the Congress party in the State goes through a tough stage due to the stand-off between the “A’ and the ‘I’ factions over the induction of Ramesh Chennithala into the Cabinet, the ‘A’ group won an upper hand in the Youth Congress polls.
Dean Kuriakose of ‘A’ group was Thursday elected as YC state president while C R Mahesh of ‘I’ faction became the vice-president. Kuriakose of Idukki won 21,129 votes while Mahesh of Kollam could only bag 16,486 votes.
With the results, the ‘A’ group could strengthen its authority in the Youth Congress; KSU, the students wing of the Congress, is already in the hands of the ‘A’ faction.
The ‘I’ group managed to win four general-secretary posts in the tightly-fought YC polls, the results of which came out here late on Thursday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s son Chandy Oommen was elected as the state secretary.
The newly-elected general secretaries are Adam Mulsi of Kozhikode (I, 1,117 votes); Ifthiquarudeen P M of Malappuram (A, 1,040); Jebi Mather Hisham of Ernakulam (woman reservation A, 371); T G Sunil (fourth group, 635); Aneesh Varikkannamala (A, 751); Leena G of Thiruvananthapuram (I, 206); Vidya Balakrishnan (woman SC/ST reservation I, 209), and S M Balu of Thiruvananthapuram (reservation I, 359).