Ramesh Chennithala

  • Rahul failed to connect with the people, says Kerala Home Minister June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: After Congress's decimation in the Lok Sabha elections, more voices of dissent are growing within the party and questions are being raised about party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi's way of functioning. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has joined the critics and lambasted Rahul for his single minded focus...
  • Agreement on bar licences to be arrived at after discussion: Kerala CM April 30, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Admitting that there were problems in taking a decision on liquor policy, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said an agreement would be arrived at in Congress and ruling UDF through discussions. Responding to reporters' queries during a Cabinet briefing on the issue of granting licences to 418...
  • Sonia Gandhi reshuffles party leadership in states ahead of LS polls February 10, 2014

    As a part of the preparations for Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has reshuffled party leadership in several states. Gandhi has approved the appointment of new Congress party chiefs in three states, namely Haryana, Kerala and West Bengal. VM Sudheeran has been appointed as the new Kerala Pradesh Congress...
  • LS polls will be straight fight between secular, communal forces, says Ramesh Chennithala January 19, 2014

    Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday said that the upcoming Lok Sabha polls would be a straight contest of secular and communal forces. "The Congress-led UPA government has implemented several welfare measures in the last 10 years. The Left parties' blind opposition to Congress will only help BJP. "As a...
  • Sunanda Pushkar's death shocks Kerala capital January 17, 2014

    The news of the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, came as a shock tonight to the people in Thiruvananthapuram which Tharoor contested and won easily in his electoral debut in 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Congress party in the state is yet to react to the development...
  • Kerala: Rahul Gandhi's car runs short of fuel January 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a security lapse, the car in which Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was traveling in ran short of fuel at Mankombu near Alappuzha on Monday. Gandhi was traveling with Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala in his official car. The driver of the car saw the fuel level running low while...
  • Rahul Gandhi gives polio drop to tot at health centre in Kerala January 13, 2014

    Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday joined the polio drop distribution at a Primary Heath Centre at Thuravoor in Alappuzha district and interacted with doctors, paramedics and local people who thronged to meet him. Gandhi, who arrived to participate in the "Yuva Kerala Yatra" campaign, led by State Youth Congress President...
  • Rahul Gandhi to take part in Yuva Kerala Yatra today January 13, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to take part in the ongoing 'Yuva Kerala Yatra' led by State Youth Congress President Dean Kuriakose on Monday. The yatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram, flagged-off last month, has reached Alappuzha district and it would proceed to nearby Pathanamthitta district on Monday. "Rahul would...
  • High command to take a decision on next KPCC president, says Thankachan January 2, 2014

    Congress high command would take a decision on who the next KPCC President will be, UDF Convenor, PP Thankachan said on Thursday. The post had fallen vacant following the elevation of Ramesh Chennithala as Home Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet. "KPCC presidents are not appointed on the basis of group or...
  • Kerala: Ramesh Chennithala finally becomes a minister January 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala has sworn into the Oommen Chandy Cabinet on Wednesday around 11.20 am. Governor Nikhil Kumar administered the oath of office at a function in Rajbhavan. The portfolio has not yet been officially announced though according to sources he takes over Home department. Chief minister Oommen...
  • Congress's Chennithala to be sworn in as Kerala minister December 31, 2013

    Ramesh Chennithala, president of the Kerala unit of the Congress, will on Wednesday be sworn into the cabinet of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, party sources said on Tuesday. The 57-year-old Chennithala, a three-time legislator and a four-time Lok Sabha member, will be administered the oath of office by Governor Nikhil Kumar. "I...
  • Kerala: Ramesh Chennithala inducted in Oommen government, gets Home December 31, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Monday was inducted in the Oommen Chandy Cabinet and was given the charge of Home ministry. Meanwhile, G Karthikeyan was elevated to the post of President in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Commiittee. The move, which has the approval of the Congress high command, was broached...
  • Allies meet Sonia Gandhi, suggest Ramesh Chennithala be made a minister September 30, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The now-on and now-off talk of accommodating KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala in the UDF ministry in Kerala has once again gained currency with key partners putting across this as an option to strengthen the Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls during their meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. During their interaction...
  • Sonia Gandhi to inaugurate Rajiv Gandhi research centre in Kerala August 27, 2013

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram on Sep 7, state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala said on Tuesday. "The state of art research centre would be housed in a 40,000 sq ft building which will have a library and a convention centre. We are...
  • End in sight to stand-off in Kerala Congress August 2, 2013

    New Delhi: A possible end to the deadlock in the Congress unit of Kerala is in sight with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy indicating that he is willing to make his arch-rival and PCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala the deputy CM. The breakthrough was achieved after Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political...
  • Kerala CM to have talks with Cong top brass on cabinet reshuffle August 1, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: A compromise formula is on the cards to end the infighting in the Congress's Kerala unit. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will arrive in Delhi on Thursday to meet the Congress High Command on a reshuffle in the Kerala state cabinet. This is his second visit to the capital this...
  • Solar panel scam: Chandy's efforts to induct Chennithala in cabinet fails July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Efforts by beleaguered Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to draft senior leader Ramesh Chennithala in his cabinet appears to have come a cropper with the PCC Chief reluctant to join the ministry under cloud over the solar panel scam. Chennithala, who is camping in Delhi, did not meet Chandy....
  • Kerala: Congress high command to decide on Chennithala's entry into govt July 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress high command will take a decision on Monday on the issue of Kerala party chief Ramesh Chennithala's entry into the state cabinet at a time when the Oommen Chandy government is facing opposition flak over the solar panel scam. Party sources said Chennithala is reluctant to join the...
  • Solar scam: Court denies any statement by Saritha Nair July 28, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala court while hearing the Solar scam case, rejected media reports which said that the accused Saritha Nair has named top ministers in her statement. The court stated media reports to be a bunch of lies and a false propaganda. The court has said that Saritha...
  • KPCC defends Oommen Chandy, says CM won't quit July 9, 2013

    Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Ramesh Chennithala said on Tuesday, "There is a lot of evidence to believe that the (solar panel) crisis has been precipitated by the group war inside the Congress." ...
  • Narendra Modi's elevation a threat to secularism: Chennithala June 10, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to elevate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as head of the party's campaign committee for the Lok Sabha polls posed a "challenge to secularism and democracy," Kerala PCC president Ramesh Chennithala said today. Attacking Modi's style of functioning, the Congress leader called for strengthening unity of...
  • Chandy non-committal on induction of Chennithala into cabinet June 5, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Amid reports of talks at various levels to sort out rumblings in Congress over inducting KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala into the UDF Ministry, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today remained non-committal on the matter. Chandy maintained that the offer of the post of Deputy Chief Minister to Chennithala and other related...
  • Kerala: Balakrishna Pillai hints at leaving Congress June 5, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The woes of the Kerala Congress are far from over. Senior party chairman R Balakrishna Pillai on Wednesday hinted at leaving the party if his son KB Ganeshkumar wasn't given a Cabinet berth. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is already under pressure to include KPCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala in the Cabinet. However,...
  • Kerala: Stand-off between Chandy, Chennithala ends May 29, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The infighting in the Kerala unit of the Congress seems to have finally subsided for the moment. This came after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala called for a truce following a meeting between the two late on Tuesday evening. As a compromise formula, Chennithala...
  • Kerala party leaders capable of resolving issues: Antony May 25, 2013

    Kannur: Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday expressed confidence that leaders of the Congress' Kerala unit would themselves resolve any issue facing them. "You (the media) think that there are issues that cannot be resolved in the state unit of the party. I know my colleagues here for several decades...
  • Kerala: Antony asks Cong leaders to settle Chandy-Chennithala feud May 24, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to resolve the rift between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala in the Kerala unit of Congress, CWC member and Defence Minister AK Antony held talks with supporters of Chandy and Chennithala at Kannur on Friday. The rift between Chandy and Chennithala following the...
  • Kerala: Chandy-Chennithala rift a cause of worry for Congress May 24, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: As the Congress led-UDF government completes three years in Kerala, there are more reasons to worry than cheer. The simmering rivalry between Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala has now become an open conflict. An interview given to the New Indian Express has now openly pitted...
  • Kerala MPs seek Antony's intervention to resolve crisis May 8, 2013

    New Delhi: In a virtual snub to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and PCC Chief Ramesh Chennithala, Congress MPs from the state on Tuesday sought senior leader AK Antony's "services" for putting the "house in order" in the party-led UDF government in the state. The MPs made this demand during...
  • Chintan Shivir: End nomination culture, suggest Congress leaders January 19, 2013

    Jaipur: A strong demand for ending the culture of nomination at all levels for democratic functioning of the party and its revival was made at the Congress brainstorming conclave here on January 19. The 'Chintan Shivir' saw a plea for replicating Rahul Gandhi's model of holding elections to the Youth...
  • Not joining UDF Cabinet: Kerala Cong chief Chennithala November 12, 2012

    Kottayam: Kerala state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala on Monday categorically denied the possibility of his joining the party-led coalition government's cabinet. "Let me make one thing very clear. Till date there has been no talk of a reshuffle either in the party or in the United Democratic Front. I know...