KAKKANAD: Ajith Babu Joseph, who resigned from the post of development standing committee chairperson of Thrikkakara municipality in protest against the re-election of a councillor and the alleged bias of the KPCC and its sub-committee in election-related matters, was reelected to the post on Wednesday.
Out of the seven votes in the development standing committee council, Ajith secured the votes of four Congress councillors while his rival M A Mohanan of CPM won three. Deputy Collector of Land Acquisition K A Varghese was the Returning officer. The reelection of Ajith to the same post has evoked differences of opinion between the ‘I’ and ‘A’ factions in the party. The Congress leaders, however, said: “All allegations are being created by people with vested interests. The problems in the party have been settled and that resulted in the winning of Ajith Babu,” said P A Mohammadali of ‘A’ group.
The election of Ajith comes as a major relief to the party leadership, which has been working to iron out the differences between the A and I groups. However, the Opposition termed the Congress decision to back its party dissident in the reelection as a second-rate attitude. “If Ajith had quit in protest against the and the biased attitude of party, then what difference has the party brought to the present situation through his reelection?,” said Opposition.