Thrikkakara bypoll: Dr Jo Joseph and Uma Thomas file nomination papers


LDF candidate Dr Jo Joseph and UDF candidate Uma Thomas

Kochi: LDF candidate Dr Jo Joseph and UDF candidate Uma Thomas filed their nomination papers on Monday for the upcoming election in Thrikkakara.

It was Jo Joseph who submitted the nomination paper first. CPM Ernakulam district secretary CN Mohan, CPI Ernakulam district secretary P Raju, CPM state secretariat member M Swaraj and Jose K Mani accompanied Jo Joseph.

Meanwhile, Uma Thomas filed the nomination by 11:45 AM. She was accompanied by Ernakulam MP and Congress leader Hibi Eden and DCC chief Muhammad Shiyas.

It is learnt that NDA candidate AN Radhakrishnan will file his nomination on Tuesday.

Dr Jo Joseph submitting his nomination

The candidates have been visiting religious leaders, celebrities, influential individuals and opinion makers for seeking support. They workers of each fronts are also campaigning to improve winning chances of their respective candidates.

The candidates have been visiting religious leaders, celebrities, influential individuals and opinion makers for seeking support. They workers of each fronts are also campaigning to improve winning chances of their respective candidates.

Interestingly, AAP-Twenty20 have backed out and this has given more teeth to the three fronts. However, they are on hook about how the verdict will turn out.

Uma Thomas submitting her nomination

UDF has been reigning in the constituency since a long time. Uma Thomas, wife of late MLA PT Thomas, may apparently get an edge over sympathy factor. She has claimed that she has good rapport with the people.

Meanwhile, LDF has also pitched a strong candidate. Jo Joseph is not just a medical professional but also a familiar face in social circles of Ernakulam. The tussle with Twenty20 may likely impact LDF’s winning chance.

Meanwhile, BJP is hoping for a better performance and increase the vote share. It is learnt that BJP is eyeing to consolidate Christian votes.


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