Former state chiefs VM Sudheeran and K Muralidharan had blamed factionalism for the defeat after the bypoll result was declared on May 31.
The Congress lost Chengannur, once a party stronghold, to the ruling Left by 20,956 votes.
The representation was shared among only six leaders. Soon, the thoughts were mirrored by Congress' Thrithala MLA VT Balram.
Others like former NSUI president Roji M John, Anil Aikkara, Hibi Eden and KS Sabarinathan joined in.
Roji M John said, “People like PJ Kurien should remember the recent statement by Congress president Rahul Gandhi that the party platforms should be opened up to youngsters.” Kurien, who has a warm relationship with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is a six-time member of the Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1999.
Not just Kurien, knives are also out for acting state Congress chief MM Hassan and UDF convener PP Thankachhan.While the woman's husband sought a probe into the allegation and demanded that the accused priests be defrocked, the church set up an inquiry committee that decided to relieve them of their official duties and sent them on leave.Thiruvananthapuram: Deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien has responded to the young Kerala Congress MLAs who have taken publically aired their grievances about senior party leader seeking multiple terms in the Upper House. If they have any issue they should raise it in party forums, not on social media,” posted Kurien on Facebook.The NCW had written to the DGP and the state police chief of Kerala, directing him to investigate the matter and apprise the commission about the detailed action.Senior Communist leader and Chairman of Administrative Committee VS Achuthanandan had also demanded a police investigation into the allegation that the five priests blackmailed a woman from Thiruvalla and demanded sexual favours from her.We have no control over the content of these pages. We take no responsibility for the content on any website which we link to, please use your own discretion while surfing links. Hibi Eden, Roji M John, Anil Akkara and Shafi Parambhil also took to the social media to vent their ire, with several seniors supporting them.The party should not see the “Upper House as an old age home”, said Eden.Gandhi is expected to pick a new Kerala chief by next week and the frontrunners include senior legislator VD Satheesan, former Kannur MP K Sudhakaran and ex-minister Mullapally Ramachandran.The Kerala Police have registered rape and molestation cases against four priests of Malankara Orthodox Church in Kottayam, Kerala, over allegations of sexual harassment.