Cong losing mass base in Kerala due to infighting: Antony

Kochi: Lamenting that Congress is losing its mass base in Kerala due to infighting, senior party leader A K Antony today batted for a generational shift in the leadership of the party and said collective efforts are needed to bring back those who keep away from the organisation.

The former Chief Minister also warned against any move by the BJP and CPI(M) to wean away Congress workers and its alliance partners in their bid to weaken the Congress party.

"Generational changes (in the party leadership) are needed. There is a leakage in our mass base. We should understand this. Efforts should be made to bring back those who keep away from the party," he said, calling on party leaders to stop infighting and work to bring back those workers who keep away from Congress.

Antony, while addressing the "Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Sangamam" organised by KPCC on his 72nd birth anniversary, said if Congress continues to remain as a camp of people fighting each other, there is hardly any chance for the return of the people who are keeping away from the party.