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KC(M) to field Jose K Mani for Rajya Sabha polls

Press Trust of India  |  Kottayam (Ker) 

(M) tonight decided to field its leader as the candidate of the Congress-led UDF for the election.

The decision to field Mani as candidate to the of Parliament was taken at the leaders' meeting of the

KC(M) held tonight in Pala near here, hours after the party led by veteran leader K M Mani rejoined the UDF after a two-year hiatus.

Jose K Mani, son of K M Mani, is currently the party's lone member in Lok Sabha from Kottayam parliamentary constituency.

will be the party's candidate for the poll. It is a unanimous decision," senior leader P J told reporters in Pala after the meeting.

Earlier in the day, KC (M) announced its decision to return to the UDF fold, after the decided to support its candidate for the election.

The seat is currently held by Rajya Sabha P J Kurian of the who will retire on July 1.

The KC(M) had walked out of the Congress-led UDF in August, 2016, ending over three-decade-long association alleging it was being "insulted" by the party leading the alliance.

After it snapped ties with the Congress nearly two years ago, the KC(M) has maintained that it was keeping equidistance from the UDF, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front, as also the BJP, which is trying to create a sustainable political space for itself in the southern state.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 00:05 IST