NEW YORK (TIP): Indian National Overseas Congress, USA hosted Benny Behnan, a prominent Congress leader and Ex-MLA from Kerala at an informal get-together in Jamaica Estates, New York. The event provided a great opportunity to the leaders of the INOC and Kerala Chapter, in particular, to take stock of the recent defeat of the UDF in Kerala election and exchange views primarily from an NRI perspective. Mr. Behnan was accompanied by his wife Shirley. It should be noted that a number of Kerala Chapter leaders were in Kerala campaigning for the UDF candidates and learned a great deal about the sentiments of those who went to the polls. Zach Thomas (Vice-Chairman-INOC), Jose George (Treasurer-INOC), Thomas Mathew (Vice-Chairman, Kerala Chapter), Santhosh Nair (General Secretary, Kerala Chapter) were among those who were active in Kerala during the election.
George Abraham (Chairman-INOC), Mohinder Singh Gilzian (President-INOC) and Harbacahn Singh (Secretary-General-INOC) briefed Benny on the INOC activities.
Jayachandran (President- Kerala Chapter), U.A. Naseer (General Secretary- Kerala Chapter), Jose Jacob (Treasurer- Kerala Chapter), Leela Maret (Vice-President, Kerala Chapter), Rev. Wison Jose, Rev. Itty Abraham, Oommen Koshy and Gracy James also participated in the ensuing discussions primarily focusing on the causes and effects of the Congress Party’s losses and the rebuilding efforts. Most of the gathering felt that the allegations of corruption, Security concerns of the minorities from the RSS cadre and party disunity etc. have all contributed to the debacle. The discussions were frank and open and Benny Behnan promised to convey the expressed concerns to the leaders.