Kerala Congress (M) to affix LDF, Jose Ok Mani to stop Rajya Sabha

2020/10 14 08:10

Written by Shaju Philip
| Thiruvanathapuram |

Up to date: October 14, 2020 2:04:32 pm

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Kerala Congress (M), a protracted ally of Congress, on Wednesday introduced its resolution to affix palms with CPI (M)-led LDF. The faction chief of the regional Christian get together, Jose Ok Mani, stated he would stop as member of Rajya Sabha, a seat he had bagged as a nominee of Congress-led United Democratic Entrance.

The choice to stop UDF and transfer in direction of LDF is a fallout of an influence wrestle between Jose and senior get together chief Joseph, a state MLA. Jose is the son of veteran Kerala Congress (M) chief Ok M Mani, who died in 2019. The facility wrestle between Jose and Joseph surfaced final yr over a celebration candidate within the bypoll to Pala, the house constituency of late Ok M Mani. After Jose’s nominee was defeated within the bypoll final yr, factionalism throughout the Christian-dominated get together had intensified. Congress has favoured Joseph within the intra-party squabble inside Kerala Congress (M), resulting in a sluggish exit of Jose from the UDF.

Jose advised the media in Kottayam that his faction was becoming a member of the LDF with none situations. “Congress insulted Ok M Mani and wished to destroy his legacy. Congress has backstabbed the Kerala Congress. We’ve got been dealing with injustice and insult from the Congress.,” he stated.

For the previous few months, CPI (M) has since been attempting to woo the splinter group of Kerala Congress (M), anticipating to make electoral positive factors from districts akin to Kottayam and Idukki, the place KC (M) has affect. A number of CPI (M) leaders have publicly acknowledged that the Jose faction’s assist would assist LDF within the ensuing civic polls, in addition to the Meeting elections subsequent yr.

Over the past Meeting elections in 2016, CPI (M) had performed to hilt the bar bribery scandal involving Ok M Mani, who had been the finance minister through the earlier UDF regime. CPI (M) had led a large protest in opposition to Mani, who was pressured to stop because the minister in November 2015.

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