THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ticket aspirants have crowded the KPCC office here trying to get into the list at the last minute by hook or by crook. Though the CPM and the CPI have finalised their candidates, the Congress is waiting for the Election Commission to announce the polling dates before it releases the names.
KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and CWC member Oommen Chandy will hold talks with the AICC team in New Delhi on Saturday to finalise the list for the 16 seats it will contest.
A decision on Pathan-amthitta and Wayanad would be taken only by the screening committee headed by AICC organising general secretary K. C. Venugopal. There are several hopefuls for Alathur, Thrissur and Chalakudy as well.
“By Saturday, the centre of action will shift to New Delhi. The KPCC is struggling to zero in on candidates for Alathur, Thrissur and Chalak-udy,” a Congress MLA told DC.
Thrissur DCC president T. N. Prathapan is eyeing Thrissur seat with other hopefuls like Jose Valoor, Shaji Kod-ankandath, Rajendran Arangath, M. P. Jackson, C. I. Sebastian and the lone woman Dr. Niji Justin. Out of seven Assembly segments in Alathur, four are in Palakkad district and the rest in Thrissur. Mr Prathapan and Palak-kad DCC president V. K. Sreekandan have been pushing for their favou-rites for Alathur.
“There will be changes in the KPCC list. Mr Mukul Wasnik, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state, knows who will win in the 16 seats,” a Congress leader told DC....