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Uncertainty over Mani C Kappan’s UDF entry

Express News Service

KOTTAYAM: After the ‘mass entry’ of former NCP chief Mani C Kappan, MLA, into the UDF camp by becoming a member of Ramesh Chennithala-led ‘Aishwarya Kerala Yatra’ in Pala on Sunday, his induction into the entrance seems to be changing into a contentious challenge. Despite Chennithala projecting Kappan because the UDF candidate in Pala within the coming meeting elections throughout a reception accorded to the yatra in Pala, confusion nonetheless prevails within the UDF on whether or not Kappan might be inducted as a coalition associate or requested to hitch both the Congress or another current coalition companions just like the P J Joseph-led Kerala Congress.  

A supply aware of the Congress mentioned a call to this impact might be taken solely after Rahul Gandhi arrives within the state on February 22 to take part within the fruits of Aishwarya Kerala Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram.

At the identical time, Kappan is transferring forward with plans to drift a political social gathering on the earliest and he intends to stake declare to a few seats for his social gathering. Kappan has initiated steps to represent a brand new social gathering with the title Kerala Nationalist Congress Party (Kerala NCP), after his expulsion from the NCP. 

“We have decided to convene a meeting of those who left the NCP and other parties in Thiruvananthapuram on February 22 to discuss the formation of a new party. Paperwork is on for this and we are checking with the Election Commission authorities whether we will get the title Kerala NCP,” Kappan informed TNIE.

Kappan mentioned he has not held any discussions with the  Congress or UDF leaders on how he can be accommodated within the UDF camp. “I have not held official discussions with any of the leaders regarding  joining the UDF as a new party. Though I have a good rapport with senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar, I have not asked him to induct me as a UDF constituent,” Kappan mentioned.  He additionally indicated plans to stake declare to a few meeting seats within the UDF, together with Pala, Kuttanad and one other seat, anyplace within the state.

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