KOCHI: With the ascension of Kummanam Rajasekharan as the state president of BJP, Kottayam district gets the fifth chief of a prominent political party in the state, besides Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who leads the state. Kanam Rajendran who heads the state unit of CPI, Uzhavoor Vijayan of NCP, K M Mani of Kerala Congress (M) and P C George of Kerala Congress(Secular) are the other leaders from the district who lead their party. Not to be left behind, the CPM with its strongman Vaikom Viswan as the LDF convenor too is in the list.
Though he was the head of KSU and Youth Congress, Oommen Chandy did not lead the KPCC.
Incidentally, all the leaders with their native place as a prefix to their names had ended up as runners up in their last Assembly elections. Kanam Rajendran in Vazhoor (1996), Vaikom Viswan in Kottayam and Uzhavoor Vijayan in Pala (2001) and Kummanam Rajasekharan in Thiruvananthapuram East(1987) had lost the Assembly election before becoming the head of their party.
However, Oommen Chandy and K M Mani are continuing their winning streak from their first election to state Assembly without any break.