THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The expected entry of estranged KC(M) MLA and former Chief whip P C George to fish in the Aruvikkara waters, would add ingredients to make the bypoll campaign course really hot in the monsoon month.
Any upset for the UDF in its attempt to retain the segment would make the role of George a talking point. As a person known to raise a hue and cry and make a vast section of the media gullible through loud claims,he is bound to snatch attention in the campaign trail, irrespective of the final outcome.
With the Left unwilling to join hands with him in public immediately and other mainstream political parties mocking fury often signifying nothing, George has diligently worked out a mechanism absorbing sidelined but violence-prone outfits positioned in the extremes towards him.
Spicing the move on an anti-corruption plank was also a route scripted to earn a new face for him. George has predicted UDF’s waterloo in the bypoll.
Interestingly, George is technically still with the Kerala Congress (M), while K M Mani and team didn’t yield to the former’s desperate bid to court an expulsion from the party, though he was unceremoniously ousted from the Government Chief Whip post.
The former Chief Whip will be pushed to the back benches in the treasury side itself as a mere MLA, when the Assembly goes into session from June 8.
His ouster from the cabinet ranked post was pursued in the KC(M) and signalled green by the UDF after the last session of the Assembly, while the bar issue was creating a lot of fizz.
Even if George pleads for a seat in the Opposition benches, as he is practically a vociferous Opposition voice now above K B Ganesh Kumar, it is the prerogative of the Speaker to allot a new seat for a legislator.