Kottayam: The politics of central Kerala is set for major realignment after the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) Monday expelled the faction of the Kerala Congress (M) led by Jose K. Mani.
The faction led-by P.J Joseph remains within the UDF.
For several months now, the two factions led by Joseph and Mani have been at each other’s throats over the post of the president of the Kottayam district panchayat.
When Jose faction’s candidate Sebastian Kulathunkal was elected as president of the local body in July last year, the agreement was that the post would be shared between the two factions. However, when the UDF asked the Jose faction’s candidate to step down in view of the agreement, he refused, stating his own set of demands including confirmation on the number of seats his faction would contest in the 2021 Assembly elections.
With Joseph ready to bring a no-confidence motion in the panchayat council, the UDF was forced to take the hard decision by expelling the Jose faction citing violation of coalition rules.