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Tuesday, 27 October 2020 11.49 AM IST

Standoff between Jose and Joseph: UDF leadership puzzled over whom to be included

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jose K Mani and P J Joseph plan new moves in the wake of the poll panel’s decision to allocate party’s official symbol to Jose K Mani faction. Sources say that Jose K Mani is likely to meet Speaker demanding to disqualify those who disobeyed party whip during the recent Rajya Sabha elections. Meanwhile, Joseph faction has decided to file an appeal in Delhi High Court against election commission’s decision.

Election commission took a conducive stand on Jose K Mani faction denying PJ Joseph’s claim as the latter has two MLAs and MPs. However, with local body polls are around the corner, losing party symbol is considered as a severe blow to P J Joseph faction. Whereas, Mani faction is also planning to take legal route on the whip issue as they now owns the party and the poll symbol also.

Meanwhile, the poll panel’s decision has compelled a section of UDF to have a rethink over issues in Kerala Congress. Muslim League has asked UDF leadership not to fully ignore the Jose K Mani faction. They also demand that Jose faction should be brought back in UDF and discussions should start with them over seat-sharing for Assembly polls. At the same time, some quarters also argue that they shouldn’t be brought back citing Whip issue, and Kottayam Municipality issue.

Stand to be taken on Jose faction will be decided by UDF on their meet to be held on September 3. Meanwhile, Jose K Mani has decided not to compromise with UDF. He said that his faction won’t return to the UDF fold which still consists of P J Joseph. They cite that UDF has insulted them previously, therefore, there is no ground for compromise.

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