Pala, May 13: As the significant posts within Kerala Congress (M) is up for grabs, once against the factional feuds have reached its crescendo. The positions to be filled are party chairman, parliamentary party leader, and contestant for Pala assembly seat that fell vacant following K.M. Mani’s death last month.
Rumours are also doing the rounds about nine KC(M) district presidents meeting C.F. Thomas, the party deputy chairman, and demanding elevation of Jose K. Mani, the party vice chairman, as the new chairman. But the party working chairman P.J. Joseph is strongly opposing this move.
Recently, an article that appeared on ‘Prathichchaya,’ the mouthpiece of the party, unleashed a major criticism of the party working chairman P.J. Joseph and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala for leaving a vulnerable Mani in the lurch during a crisis situation. Party’s parliamentary party meeting, which is expected to kick off soon, will be turned into a full-blown battle of succession.
Though the discussions are yet to start off formally, both the Jose K Mani and P.J. Joseph factions have already begun pushing their cases.
The Mani faction under the leadership of Jose K Mani enjoys a clear majority in the party’s State, high-power and parliamentary committees. So they are firm on Jose K Mani becoming the next chairman. Mr. Joseph, on the other hand, is most likely to opt out of the race. Instead, he would be demanding the elevation of C.F. Thomas to the position, while also staking claim as the next parliamentary party leader.
Holding Mr. Joseph of not standing by Mani during the bar bribery case, it accused Mr. Chennithala of complicating the situation by dragging the investigation into a scam.