Kottayam, Sep 5 : United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate in Pala Assembly constituency Jose Tom Pulikunnel was denied the symbol of two leaves and will contest as an Independent candidate.
The nomination papers submitted on the basis of Kerala Congress (M) candidate was rejected. Since he has not received the symbol he can contest the election as UDF Independent candidate. The decision of the Election Officer not to grant two leaves was favourable to the attitude of Kerala Congress (Joseph) group leader P J Joseph.
The decision was announced on the basis of the order from Munsiff Court, Thodupuzha. Earlier the court stayed the election in which Jose K Mani was named the chairman of KC(M). Meanwhile, Joseph Kandathil, independent candidate supported by P J Joseph group withdrew his nomination papers.(UNI)