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Thursday, 13 August 2020 6.07 AM IST

New political era in Pala, historic win for Mani C Kappan

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KOTTAYAM: Mani C Kappan, the NCP candidate backed by the LDF, has won the Pala by-polls which was necessitated following the demise of Kerala Congress (Mani) chief K M Mani. Kappan won the polls after defeating UDF candidate Jose Tom Pullikunnel by over 2943 votes. It is a historic win for him.


The LDF made great strides in the panchayats which traditionally supported the UDF.

Mani had represented Pala since 1965 and the constituency will see a new MLA after a gap of over five decades.

Surrounded by supporters, a beaming Kappan said he was certain of his win and will create history. Everyone wants a change, he said.

Surveys had predicted the win of Jose Tom, but Kappan had sabotaged all that expectations. Kappan was leading in all panchayats except Mutholi. Kappan had lost thrice to K M Mani.

Infighting started in the Kerala Congress from the time Kappan was leading. Senior leader P J Joseph alleged that the votes of Jose K Mani went to the LDF. However, UDF candidate Jose Tom said the BJP cross-voted for the LDF in Ramapuram. Meantime, Mani C Kappan said that he got the votes of the UDF.

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