Seat sharing in Kottayam crucial for Congress, Joseph faction
Kottayam: The seat sharing between Congress and Kerala Congress Joseph faction in Kottayam district will be crucial in the upcoming local body polls. The seat sharing in Kottayam will be the basis of the agreement between both parties in other districts and the cooperation in assembly polls. Due to this importance, both parties decided that the discussion in this regard should be held only in the presence of Oommen Chandy.
Oommen Chandy is under self-quarantine after his driver tested positive for COVID-19. With this, the UDF leadership meetings and discussions which were supposed to be held in Kottayam have been postponed to November 2. P J Joseph, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Oommen Chandy were planning to discuss this on Wednesday.
Both parties had contested in 11 seats each in Kottayam during the last election. Then Kerala Congress (M) was a single party led by K M Mani and Joseph. Then Mani and Joseph had agreed upon a 4:1 ratio according to which when Mani group was given 4 seats, one would be given to Joseph group.
However, as Mani group had high influence in Kottayam, they had requested more seats. Other allies like Muslim League were furious about the move too. Though P J Joseph had claimed that they would contest in all seats in which Kerala Congress contested earlier, they are likely to be take a flexible stand. They may be given 6-7 seats and Congress will contest in rest of the seats.
Congress is planning to give opportunity for leaders, who have never contested elections, in district panchayat level. The party hopes that it will help maintain unity within the party during assembly polls.
The district panchayat which led to the ouster of Jose K Mani has come up as a key topic in UDF. Though discussions were held with P J Joseph last week, seat sharing was not mentioned in it, MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said.