In first assembly elections since death of stalwarts K M Mani and C F Thomas, party breakaway groups lock horns in 5 constituencies
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said if Jose K Mani has made such a statement on 'Love Jihad', that is his party's opinion.
Joseph and Mons had won the previous election as KC (M) candidates and hence decided to resign their positions as part of the move to avoid legal and technical issues in contesting the election.
Scaria Thomas represented Kottayam in the Lok Sabha for two terms in 1977 and 1980 under KC-M. He was undergoing treatment for post-Covid health complications at a private hospital in Kochi.
Speaking on the occasion, Thomas said the original Kerala Congress without any brackets, formed in 1964, has become a reality once again.
In a majority verdict, the SC had held that the Jose K Mani faction was the Kerala Congress (Mani) and entitled to use its name and its reserved symbol Two Leave.
The list of candidates - announced by the party's Kerala president Mullappally Ramachandran in New Delhi on Sunday - is by far the best in terms of a surprise element.
KC (M) chairman Jose K Mani said his party decided to cede the seat to the CPM taking into account the peculiar political situation that emerged in Kuttiyadi.
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Over the last few weeks, Gandhi has visited several places in Kerala to campaign for the upcoming state assembly elections that will be held on April 6.
While informing that he has tendered his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he maintained that there is no Congress party in Kerala, only "A" Congress and "I" Congress
Five incumbent ministers, including Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and Works Minister G Sudhakaran, are not in the fray.
Despite several rounds of talks, the Kerala Congress (Joseph) and the Congress have not been able to break the deadlock over the seat-sharing matrix in Kottayam.
The Joseph faction has refused to budge from its demand for 12 seats.
The leaders pointed out that the Kerala Congress lacks adequate strength and with Jose K Mani faction leaving the front, the existing cadre are with the LDF fold.