CPM to field more youngsters in election; many MLAs including ministers to stay back


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It is learnt that G Sudhakaran who contested 7 times and became minister twice is unlikely to enter parliamentary politics. Also Dr Thomas Isaac who was elected four times and became minister twice also may not enter the electoral fray.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM will try introducing youngsters and new faces in the assembly election as they did in the local body election. Those who won two times in a row will not be fielded. The condition of barring two-time winners will be implemented according to the general nature of the constituency and the responsibility of the leaders.

Minister M M Mani is unlikely to contest the election due to health issues, as stated by his close aides. The candidature of A K Balan and E P Jayarajan will be decided if they are not switching to party responsibilities. After the election, the CPM will be busy with the party conference. E P Jayarajan is most likely to be the party state secretary.

It is learnt that G Sudhakaran who contested 7 times and became minister twice is unlikely to enter parliamentary politics. Also Dr Thomas Isaac who was elected four times and became minister twice may not enter the electoral fray. Jose K Mani had demanded Perambra constituency of T P Ramakrishnan. If this demand is accepted, T P Ramakrishnan will stay from polls.

Minister Mercykutty Amma who won five times from Kundara may get another chance considering her chance of victory. Though K K Shailaja will contest again, her constituency will be changed as Koothuparamba is to be handed over to LJD. So, Shailaja may be given Mattannur seat and E P Jayarajan may have to switch to Kalliasseri.

Ministers A C Moideen, C Raveendranath, K T Jaleel, Kadakampally Surendran and Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan will be contesting the polls for over two times. Some of the party state secretariat members like M V Govindan, K N Balagopal or P Rajeev will be fielded. At least 20 current MLAs including V S Achuthanandan will not enter the fray.

A Pradeep Kumar, James Mathew, Suresh Kurup, T V Rajesh, George M Thomas, C Krishnan and Ayisha Potty are unlikely to get a chance in the election. The chance of victory of S Sharma and Raju Abraham in Vypin and Ranni will be taken into account. The strategy may be changed if the candidates have high chance of victory.

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