Assembly election: Jose K Mani likely to demand 13 seats; 6 in Kottayam

Hari R Pisharody

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Leaders of Kerala Congress (M) | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kottayam: The Kerala Congress (M) is likely to demand 13 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections. In the previous election, KC (M) had contested 11 seats. The Joseph faction was fielded in 4 seats then. KM Mani, CF Thomas, N Jayaraj and Roshy Augustine had won along with PJ Joseph and Mons Joseph resulting in 6 MLAs in the party. However, the Pala seat was lost in the by-election.

The Jose K Mani faction which recently joined the LDF is likely to demand 6 seats in Kottayam district. This would include Pala, Poonjar, Kanjirappally, Changanassery, Kaduthuruthy and Ettumanoor.

Incumbent legislator N Jayaraj will be fielded in Kanjirappally while former district panchayat president Sebastian Kulathungal is likely to contest in Poonjar. If Changanassery is given to KC (M), Job Michael would be the first preference. In Kaduthuruthy, it could be former district panchayat member Sakarias Kuthiraveli or present member PM Mathew while Stephen George would be fielded in Ettumanoor.

In Ernakulam district, Angamaly or Perumbavoor is expected where district president Babu Joseph would enter the fray. In Kozhikode district, apart from Perambra, Thiruvambadi would be demanded. Muhammad Iqbal, who contested the last election from Perambra would be fielded this year too. District president TM Joseph is likely to be fielded from Thiruvambadi. Also, when Kuttanad seat is obtained, district panchayat member Binu Isaac Raju would be fielded.

In Idukki, Roshy Augustine MLA will enter the fray and it could be Prof. Antony or farmers union state president Reji Kummankode being fielded in Thodupuzha.

In Kannur, district panchayat member Jose Kuttiyanimattam is likely to contest in Irikkoor.

In Ranni of Pathanamthitta and Irinjalakuda of Thrissur, new faces are likely to be fielded.

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