The Perumbavoor municipality is also not free from rebel menace. The municipal area is the strong bastion of the ‘I’ group faction of the Congress, which was evident in the outgoing council, which has only one ‘A’ group representative. Besides, the ‘I’ group had seized control of all the booth committees in Perumbavoor town in the last organisational elections.
The Mandalam Congress committee had to expel a total of 15 Congress rebel candidates from the party after they filed nomination papers violating party directives. So, the election will not be smooth affair for the party. However, the Congress leaders said the rebel menace is witnessed mainly outside the town and that the town is relatively a safe zone.
The CPM also had to expel one rebel candidate from the party fold. However, it is in a comparatively better position on rebel issue when compared to other political parties.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has exuded confidence that it could improve its performance compared to the previous election held in 2010, when one representative of the party won. The BJP leaders also claimed that the party would win at least in six wards in the municipality this time.
The CPM is contesting in 19 of the 27 wards in this election, CPI in six wards and the Congress (S) and NCP in one ward each. The Congress is contesting in 23 wards, the IUML in two and the Kerala Congress and Janata Dal (S) in one ward each.