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Jose K Mani files papers as UDF oppn nominee for RS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Amid controversy over the decision to forgo its seat to KC(M), its candidate filed his papers as the UDF opposition nominee for the June 21 biennial RS election from the state.

and former Oommen Chandy, Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala and IUML M K Muneer accompanied Mani when he filed his papers before V K Babu Prakash.

Mani is currently the lone member of (M) in the Lok Sabha.

The June 7 decision of the to hand over the lone RS seat to KC-M as a condition for its return to the Front after it snapped ties two years ago had triggered strong protests from a section of party leaders in the state.

Congress and Deputy Chairman P J Kurian and former V M Sudheeran were in the forefront in attacking the decision, which, they alleged, had been taken without taking the party into confidence.

Sudheeran and Kurian had stated that the decision lacked transparency and was taken by Chandy, Chennithala and KPCC Chief M M Hassan without any consultations in the party.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader and filed their papers for the RS polls as the candidates for the ruling CPI(M) led LDF.

Pinarayi Vijayan, LDF Convener A Vijayaraghan and were among those present when they filed the papers.

Three seats from will fall vacant on July 1 with the retirement of Kurian, C P Narayanan of CPI-M and of

Of these, the ruling LDF is in a position to win two and the UDF, one.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 18:40 IST