VM Sudheeran has announced that he has offered his resignation as Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president due to health grounds.
He met with an accident last week while attending a programme organised at Kozhikode by district Congress committee. His untimely resignation has shocked the Congress party in Kerala as he was close to No. 10 Janpath.
Sudheeran was appointed as KPCC chief in 2014 when the state was heading for Lok Sabha poll as a surprise. Then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy or KPCC chief Ramesh Chennithala never supported him as PCC chief. But he was appointed by Congress high command and with the support of AK Antony, CWC member.
Sudheeran's efforts to kill the infighting in the Congress unit in Kerala was opposed by all factions.
Even Chandy and Ramesh factions in Congress blamed him for the humiliating defeat in the Assembly poll held in May 2016.
According to his loyalists, Sudheeran feels that there is no point in heading the party in Kerala while everybody was working against his efforts to reactivate the party cadres.
He is rated as the most clean politician among the Congress leaders in Kerala.
When he had health problems earlier, Sonia Gandhi took initiative to treat him in the US.
He was elected as legislator and Member of Parliament several time and served as Minister of Health in Antony government.