The Election Commission of India by a 2:1 majority order had held that the group led by Jose K Mani is the official Kerala Congress (Mani) and is entitled to use the name of the party
Late on Thursday night, Joseph reaffirmed that his faction will not continue in the front if Jose faction is retained.
Speaking to reporters, Jose said the party parliamentary committee has decided to continue its independent stance and hence decided to abstain from voting.
After a meeting with his colleagues in Changanassery, Joseph said, as per the understanding in the UDF, there was no condition on sharing the president post between two factions.
Compromise talks initiated under the aegis of RSP(B) leader Shibu Baby John on Sunday night had failed to yield a result.
Joseph also expressed hope that other Kerala Congress factions will also come to their fold.