Jose K Mani to contest RS bypoll; decision taken at LDF meet
Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF has decided to field Kerala Congress (M) leader Jose K Mani in the Rajya Sabha seat. He will contest the bypoll that is to be held on November 29.
The RS seat had fallen vacant after Jose K Mani resigned after he quit UDF and joined LDF. The LDF decided to give the seat to Kerala Congress (M) as it fell vacant after their MP resigned. The matter was not seriously discussed in the LDF meeting.
Stephen George, who represented the party in the LDF meeting, said that the final decision regarding the candidature will be taken after Kerala Congress (M) meeting to be convened in Kottayam on Wednesday. Any change in the decision to field Jose K Mani in the bypoll is very unlikely, he added.
Jose K Mani resigned from the Rajya Sabha seat in order to contest the assembly election from Pala. However, he was defeated by UDF candidate Mani C Kappan. With this, he decided to contest again to Rajya Sabha. The LDF normally gives the vacant seats to the respective allies who were occupying the same.