Tom alleged that the statement given by Joy Abraham, who is a supporter of Joseph, on the polling day was intended to create confusion among voters.
Meanwhile, Joseph expressed his happiness in the visit of the UDF candidate and said he would attend the UDF’s election campaign to be attended by senior Congress leader A K Antony on Wednesday.
The Joseph faction was part of the LDF for a long time and was even part of the VS Achuthanandan government.
He said that the differences of opinion between the two leaders were almost sorted out.
While Joseph himself announced the decision, Jose faction leaders decided to exercise restraint to avoid any backlash in the election.
According to the article, Jose had issued clear directions to party members that the candidate should not be from K M Mani’s family, which not only stunned rivals but also made them desperate.
Joseph said Kandathil filed the nomination with his knowledge and that the latter would withdraw the papers after the scrutiny of nomination.
UDF commenced its election conventions on Tuesday, while NDA’s N Hari will file his nomination papers on Wednesday.
While PJ Joseph remains adamant on his demand for fielding a 'consensus candidate', Jose K Mani and team are of the view that Joseph and his supporters have no locus standi in Pala.
Earlier, one-fourth of the members in the steering committee, owing allegiance to Jose, had sent a letter to Joseph demanding that he convene the steering committee meeting.
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Joseph said those who called the meeting were ones who have no right to call a party state committee. He added that as party working chairman, only he had the right to call the state committee.
Jose K Mani suffered a major jolt a day after the Kerala Congress (M) state committee meeting called by his faction had elected him as the new party chairman.
At the same time, party insiders said party MPs and MLAs are likely to meet unofficially in Thiruvananthapuram next week as part of the efforts to end the impasse.