Congress avoided rift over RS candidature in Kerala giving representation to woman


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Thiruvananthapuram: After a long gap, Congress party in Kerala has considered a woman for the Rajya Sabha seat. Mahila Congress state president Jebi Mather was named as the RS candidate after Leela Damodara Menon was elected decades ago.

Apparently, with this woman representation, Congress leadership has tactically averted the rift and discord that escalated among the members who were in hustle for Rajya Sabha seat.

Prominent leaders, group equations played out and selecting a candidate became a cumbersome process for the leadership. However, by giving opportunity for woman, the leadership successfully did the damage control.

Not just women representation, by selecting Mather, the leadership was also able to give representation to Muslim community, which the party is lacking at the Kerala legislative assembly. Notably, there are no MPs for Congress from Muslim community.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that Mather is close to Opposition leader VD Satheesan. The new leadership played a crucial role in imbibing her to the position.

Though there was an apparent discord between KPCC, it did not escalate. I group had nominated M Liju, Shanimol Usman while A group suggested Jaison Joseph.

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