Pala bypoll: P C Thomas’ demand rejected, BJP to contest
Kochi: Bharatiya Janata Party will contest the Pala bypoll. The demand put forward by Kerala Congress P C Thomas faction to contest the bypoll was rejected by BJP leadership. Also the suggestion by Kerala Janapaksham (Secular) leader P C George for a socially accepted candidate was rejected.
P C Thomas had earlier informed of his interest to contest in Pala. P C George had opined that if a socially accepted candidate is contesting, NDA can put up a good fight. However, BJP decided to not give away the seat to any of its allies and contest themselves.
BJP informed of their decision in the NDA meeting. P C Thomas and P C George accepted the decision without any counter comments. P C George even put forward three names who can be the BJP candidates.
Meanwhile, BJP is mooting for N Hari, the party’s district president here. In the last election, he had earned 24,800 votes in Pala. BJP feels that as a continuation, he will perform better. The candidate announcement will be made in next two days.
Karshaka Morcha state president Jayasurya, BJP Pala constituency president Binu J Pulikkandam are the other names heard for the contest.
BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said that the candidate will be announced by the Parliamentary Board and the decision will be made soon.
NDA's constituency-level election convention will take place at Pala on September 6 at 3 pm.
The Pala bypoll will be held on September 23 and vote counting will be on September 27.