Kottayam: The unrelenting demand by Kerala Congress (M) working president PJ Joseph for two Lok Sabha seats in the coming elections is keeping both the UDF and his party in a tight spot.
It appears Joseph is bitter over the treatment meted out to him by party supremo KM Mani. His fear that the single seat allotted by the UDF could go to Mani's nominee and would put an end to his political future in the party, has emboldened him to take the tough stance and strike at the most opportune moment.
Moves by UDF leaders to tame Joseph went in vain on Tuesday as he was not ready to yield. Joseph even went a step ahead to express his wish to contest.
With Mani's son Jose K Mani relinquishing his Lok Sabha MP post on making it to the Rajya Sabha and his wife Nisha categorically stating that she was not in the fray, Kerala Congress leadership was struggling to find a suitable candidate for the lone seat.
Sources in the party say Joseph has also in mind a move to politically baptise his son Appu John Joseph by earning him a seat. Joseph has put the party in a predicament as his stubbornness is seen as an attempt to challenge the culture of arbitrary decision-making of Mani and his son. He feels that as he left the LDF fold to merge his group with the Mani faction, his voice has to be heard when it's comes to taking crucial political decisions. .
Given the culture of the Mani group, Nisha’s statement that she is not in the race for the seat cannot be taken seriously as the last moment decision may see the mantle fall on her. Party insiders do not rule this out.