In the tussle for leadership in Kerala Congress (Mani) between party working chairman PJ Joseph and party founder late KM Mani's son Jose K Mani, the latter received a blow when a court refused to vacate the stay on his appointment as party chairman.
The matter had been pending in the Kattappana sub-court and had also led to the UDF candidate being denied the party symbol in the recent Pala by-election.Factionalism contributed to the party losing the seat. The court dismissed the appeal of Jose seeking lifting of the stay. It felt the situation did not warrant an immediate intervention.
Refusing to promote working chairman Joseph as chairman, following the death of KM Mani in April, Jose proclaimed himself as chairman. Joseph group challenged this and secured a stay which the court refused to vacate.
Jose K Mani told mediapersons that he would file another appeal and the final decision in the matter was to be taken by the Election Commission.
Joseph claimed it was "a moral victory for the Kerala Congress". He added that the Jose faction should attend the upcoming parliamentary party meeting which two MLAs of the group might skip, calling for further action from Joseph's side.