Dinesh Mani's Candidacy Irks Rank and File
KOCHI: The Tripunithura constituency in the Ernakulam district has becoming a real headache for the state leadership of the CPM.
While it was the candidature of CPM district secretary P Rajeeve that triggered controversies in Tripunithura initially, now it is the decision to field C M Dinesh Mani, against whom posters have appeared in various parts of the constituency. In Thrikkakara also, posters against CPM candidate Sebastian Paul have appeared. Earlier, the state leadership of the party had warned of disciplinary action against members who indulge in poster campaigns and demonstrations against short-listed candidates.
It is learnt that the appearance of such posters, even after issuing a warning, has not gone down well with the party leadership, who have been striving to repeat the party's good show in the local body polls in the district.
In the campaign against Dinesh Mani, he has been referred to as 'the demon freed from sack,' and alleged that the 74-year-old Mani was not eligible to contest. It is alleged that Dinesh Mani had involved in various corrupt activities during his tenure as the Kochi Mayor.
The allegation against Sebastian Paul is that he would switch off his mobile phone after 6 pm, and would talk against the CPM on TV channels. "The CPM should think twice before fielding him in Tripunithura. Don't forget that he was defeated by Hibi Eden with a huge margin of 33,000 votes," alleged the posters. Meanwhile, the mandalam committee of the CPM Thrikkakara unit rejected the proposal to field C M Dinesh Mani. It is learnt that 26 of the 31 members in the committee voted against him. The matter will now be left to the state committee to decide when it meets on Saturday to finalise the candidates. The campaigns point to a possible change in the current list of probable candidates in the Ernakulam district.