Kottayam: The fragile truce between the two factions in the Kerala Congress (Mani), KC(M), all appears to be broken on the Pala Assembly poll day with the leaders have engaged in mudslinging.
The factionalism between the Jose K Mani and PJ Joseph factions resumed on Pala polling day itself. The first fire came from party general secretary and Joseph loyalist Joy Abraham, making an all-out attack against Jose K Mani for claiming the legacy of KM Mani. And Joy said it should not be the family, but the KC(M) which is the rightful claimant to the Mani’s legacy.
Dissatisfied with the adverse comment made by Joy which could have influenced the voting pattern, Jose K Mani faction leaders decided to submit a complaint to the UDF leadership. However, Jose K Mani and others exercised restraint while commenting on the issue in a bid to prevent a further escalation of the internal rumblings at least till polling got over.
Meanwhile, the UDF leadership are learnt to have conveyed displeasure to the Joseph faction over Joy’s remarks. Following this, Mons Joseph of the Joseph faction, who sought to play down the development, told reporters in Pala that Joy’s response is linked with inner-party issues. The UDF leaders also dismissed Joy’s statement and remained upbeat on emerging victorious in the byelection, which is seen as the dress rehearsal for the five other constituencies scheduled for bypolls next month.