K Prakash Babu Photo: G Binulal
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI state Assistant Secretary K Prakash Babu might contest in the Assembly election. His name is being considered as a replacement for Mullakkara Ratnakaran in Chadayamangalam constituency. E Chandrasekharan is the only minister from CPI who will contest this time.
Ministers VS Sunilkumar, P Thilothaman, K Raju will step away from election. Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker V Sasi and Chief Whip K Rajan will take part in the election. Although E Chandrasekharan has conveyed his willingness to step away from election, it was decided to give him one more chance due to the common sentiment. Instead of VS Sunil Kumar, Thrissur counsellor Saramma Robson’s name is being considered. Actor Jayan Cherthala may get to contest from Cherthala instead of Thilothaman.
CPI believes that they will have to hand over Kanjirappally seat to Kerala Congress. In that case, CPI will demand Poonjar seat. Former AISF state president and Kottayam district panchayat member, Shubesh Sudhakar is under consideration to contest from this seat.
CPI will contest 5 seats from Kollam district. They contested in 6 seats in the last election. CPM took over the Pathanapuram seat from them. CPI has demanded for Chavara, Kunnathur and Eravipuram seats as well.
C Divakaran, ES Bijimol, Chittayam Gopakumar and EK Vijayan will step awat from contesting in the election as well. CPI Thiruvananthapuram District Secretary will replace C Divakaran.