Muraleedharan to lock horns with Jayarajan in Vatakara

After much deliberations, Congress in Kerala has finally decided to field K. Muraleedharan, a three time MP, from Vatakara parliamentary constituency.

The state unit has approved four names and the AICC is expected to release the list shortly.

A member of the Kerala assembly, Muraleedharan, son of veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister, late K. Karunakaran, was busy campaigining for Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram, when he was informed about his candidature.

Former Kannur district secretary of CPI(M) and marxist strongman P. Jayarajan is the LDF candidate from the constituency.

After sitting MP, Mullapally Ramachandran, who is the KPCC president, declined to contest, saying his hands were full, Congress listed out several names, but they were reportedly not agreeable to the high command.

As an appropriate candidate eluded the party, Ramachandran was asked by the high command to contest, which he politely declined once again.

Ramachandran said: "He (Muraleedharan) is the best candidate for Vatakara seat. We have full confidence in him. It's going to be an easy win for the party".