India, Sept. 3 -- This week, in a sign of the internal turmoil in Kerala's leading opposition party, black flags fluttered outside the Congress state headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram and the Pathanamthitta district Congress committee office.

The turmoil was also reflected in senior party leaders, including Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, expressing their concerns over the appointments at different levels in the state Congress. This resulted in a series of disciplinary actions and resignations.

Amid escalating infighting, emotions were out in the open, as the party high command - struggling with similar infighting in Punjab and Chhattisgarh - looked on. An upset general secretary in-charge of Kerala, Tariq Anwar, urged leaders to...