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Kerala Cong faces mutiny over seat allotments

Mar 25, 2011 07:24 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Kerala Congress unit is facing problems from within. There is mutiny in the ranks over seat allotments as Oomen Chandi and PCC chief Ramesh Chennithala corner most of the assembly seats.

The Congress party in Kerala is gasping for breath. After the High Command's intervention, senior leader Oommen Chandy cornered a majority of tickets for his followers while state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala succeeded in getting most of the winnable seats. This has left several party loyalists in a sulk.

The result is that former Congress MLA Sobhana George has decided to contest against current Congress candidate P C Vishnunath in ChenganNur.

Jaya Dali - a powerful leader who quit - will now contest as an independent with the support of the LDF.

Sources in the Congress also say several experienced leaders are upset with Rahul Gandhi's intervention in choosing candidates. For instance, young and unknown K T Benny who was handpicked to contest from Chalakudy. Even the Christian and Muslim leadership in the party is reportedly unhappy.

Though the present crisis is being written off as posturing before elections, calculated moves are on to curb the rebel menace. The Congress has its hands full as allies like the SJD and the CMP are still fighting over certain key seats.