The decision to field Mani as candidate to the Upper House 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.
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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