THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pala MLA Mani C Kappan, who not too long ago walked out of the ruling LDF, on Monday floated a brand new get together. Formally saying the formation of Nationalist Congress Kerala on the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, Kappan mentioned that he will likely be its president and Babu Karthikeyan the working president. P Gopinath and Zulfiker Mayuri had been named vice- presidents and Siby Thomas would be the treasurer.
The names of 11 district presidents of the get together had been additionally introduced by Kappan who disclosed that he has urged the UDF to embody the NCK in its fold. According to him, the Nationalist Congress Kerala will stake claim to two seats, in addition to Pala, from the UDF within the coming meeting polls.
“I hope that our demand will be granted eventually. The NCK will demand three seats in the assembly elections. I had helped the LDF wrest Pala in the assembly byelection when the front (LDF) was actually on the ventilator after having suffered a near washout losing 19 Lok Sabha seats. It was made possible through the collective effort of the LDF and not my efforts alone,” mentioned Kappan.
It should be famous right here that there have been dissonant voices within the state Congress over Kappan’s plans to float a brand new get together. KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran was eager to see Kappan becoming a member of the Congress since that means the seats will stay with the Congress and won’t go into the UDF ally’s account.
However, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala maintained that will probably be higher if Kappan enters the UDF fold as an ally which is able to imply extra get together employees following him. “Mullappally might have said so as since he likes me personally. But I had told him already that it is possible to join the UDF fold only as an ally,” added Kappan.