Of the seven councillors that the KC(M) has in the civic body, all except the current chairman owe allegiance to Joseph, they said.
Of the five-party MLAs, PJ Joseph enjoys the support of three MLAs - CF Thomas, Mons Joseph and himself - while Roshy Augustin of Jose K Mani has support from two MLAs.
P J Joseph has got an upper hand in the power struggle as his position as the working chairman in charge of chairman has been once again endorsed legally.
In Ramapuram, out of the 22 booths, LDF candidate Mani C Kappan led in 14 booths while Jose Tom managed to secure a lead in just four booths, with the BJP-NDA finishing on top in one.
He said that the differences of opinion between the two leaders were almost sorted out.
According to the article, Jose had issued clear directions to party members that the candidate should not be from K M Mani’s family, which not only stunned rivals but also made them desperate.
One of the major reasons of Jose K Mani to rope in Rahul Gandhi is to evoke the Congress leader’s Roman Catholic roots among the voters as the constituency is dominated by the community.
The announcement ended the speculation about Mani faction nominating Nisha Jose K Mani as its candidate.
This led to a heated debate with Jose coming out with the statement that he may even consider contesting the election without the party symbol.
Kappan, who is contesting for the fourth consecutive time, submitted his papers to the returning officer Lalam BDO E Dilshad.
Rival P J Joseph faction chose not to respond to the development, citing the Congress’ directive not to air the reservations in public
Earlier, one-fourth of the members in the steering committee, owing allegiance to Jose, had sent a letter to Joseph demanding that he convene the steering committee meeting.
A legal expert says it will prevent him from approaching the Election Commission of India
UDF awards Kottayam panchayat prez post to Jose faction member; Joseph flays decision
Around 53 families living on the banks of the Meenachil river in Palam colony of Mutholi panchayat had a miraculous escape from floodwater on Monday.