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Kerala Congress-M fields Kottayam MP Jose K Mani for RS

June 09, 2018 09:49

Kerala Congress-M has decided to field its leader Jose K Mani as the candidate of the Congress-led UDF for the Rajya Sabha election.  

The decision to field Mani as its candidate to the Upper House of Parliament was taken at a meeting of KC-M leaders held last night in Pala, 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 the Lok Sabha from Kottayam parliamentary constituency.  

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

On Friday, the KC-M announced its decision to return to the UDF fold, after the Congress decided to support its candidate in the Rajya Sabha election. The seat is currently held by Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurian of the Congress who will retire on July 1.  

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

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