Dispute regarding Alappuzha Municipality chairperson causes outrage among CPM workers


Hundreds of party workers staged protest against the party leadership alleging that bribe was acceptee by leaders to select Soumya Rajan.

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Alappuzha: A group of CPM workers went against the party leadership in connection with the disputes regarding the selection of Alappuzha Municipal chairperson. The workers were provoked when party veteran and CPM area committee member K K Jayamma was overlooked and Soumya Rajan, a one- time councillor, was made the chairperson.

Hundreds of party workers staged protest against the party leadership alleging leaders were bribed to select Soumya Rajan. LDF won Alappuzha Municipality from UDF with a huge majority this time.

Although both Jayamma and Soumya were considered for the post of Municipality initially, majority of the leaders preferred KK Jayamma to be the chairperson. However, the party leadership chose Soumya overlooking the support for KK Jayamma. Although LDF councillors were invited for a meeting in order to solve the problem, the issues couldn’t be resolved. It was following this the workers took to the streets to protest.

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