Pala bypoll: Mani C Kappan likely to be LDF candidate
Kottayam: As the Election Commission of India declared the by-election in Pala, sources close to LDF reported that Mani C Kappan is likely to contest from the seat as LDF candidate. Though earlier it was reported that CPM will take over the seat from NCP, there are no chance for it as per present situation.
Mani C Kappan has improved himself as a candidate after contesting against KM Mani thrice in Pala seat since 2006. In the assembly election in 2016, Mani C Kappan was defeated by KM Mani for 4703 votes.
Meanwhile, NCP has unofficially declared Mani C Kappan as their candidate when they started to discuss on bypoll following the demise of KM Mani. NCP will summon a district committee meeting on Monday following the declaration of the bypoll.
Meanwhile, it is reported that KM Mani’s daughter-in-law Nisha Jose K Mani will contest the election as UDF candidate. But the dispute over seat in Kerala Congress (M) has created a crisis in UDF.
Though PJ Joseph’s faction has not demanded Pala seat, his decision in the UDF meet on Monday will be crucial for the front.