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Puthupally to gear up for bypolls in six months; UDF determi

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Latest Kerala Local News: Puthupally to gear up for bypolls in six months; UDF determi

Ommen Chandy. (Photo: Mathrubhumi)

Kottayam: A by-election in the now vacant Puthupally Assembly constituency will be held within six months, as required by law, following the death of Congress leader Oommen Chandy. The Kerala Assembly Secretariat announced on July 19 that the seat had become vacant. He also informed the Election Commission of India of the vacancy.

This is the second partial poll of the 15th Kerala Assembly. The first was in Thrikkakara, Ernakulam, with the death of Congress leader PT Thomas. He died on December 23, 2021. EC announced the election on May 2, 2022.

Candidate probability

The Congress party had not proposed another name for Puthupally constituency since 1970 when Oommen Chandy first contested. Therefore, no other name is in the air. However, in 2021, it was reported that Chandy wanted to make way for her son, Chandy Oommen. But his supporters protested against such reporting. One of them even climbed onto the roof of his house in an apparent threat of suicide. Eventually he challenged again. Chandy Oommen is Chairman of the National Outreach Unit of the Indian Youth Congress and a member of the KPCC.

It may be noted that Uma Thomas, who would have hesitated to challenge Thrikkakara after the death of her husband Thomas, finally accepted. She won by a margin of more than 25,000 constituency votes. The likelihood of Chandy Oommen challenging the bypoll is very high.

Since Oommen Chandy defeated CPM’s EM George in 1970, the party has tried several candidates against the Congress leader. None of them could do the wonder. Out of 12 contests, only three could bring his majority below 10,000 votes. The first was George in 1970 (7,288 votes). Then in 1991, current Cooperative Minister VN Vasavan (9,164) and in the last contest, DYFI leader Jaick C Thomas (9,044). Jaick also contested in 2016 (majority – 27,092 votes). Prior to Jaick, the CPM only retried the same candidate, Vasavan, once (in 1996).

Right now, the best bet for CPM is Jaick. There are discussions among party workers that the CPM has groomed Jaick when Oommen Chandy retires. The party hoped that Chandy would enter his son into the contest in 2021. CPM is optimistic about Jaick as he could bring the majority down by a huge margin (from 27k to 9k).

Earlier, LDF had pulled off a fight with Mani C Kappan in Pala constituency in Kottayam after the death of Kerala Congress strongman KM Mani. Although the UDF fielded the late leader’s son, Jose K Mani (who is now with the LDF), the ruling party was successful in the UDF stronghold. Kappan had been battling Mani for some time in hopes of a win when the veteran leader retired. It can be noted that Kappan moved to UDF in 2021 and beat Jose K Mani of LDF in the same constituency.

Putupally riding

It comprises eight grama panchayats. They are: Akalakunnam (ruling LDF), Ayarkunnam (UDF), Kooroppada (LDF), Manarcad (LDF), Meenadam (UDF), Pampady (LDF), Puthuppally (LDF) and Vakathanam (LDF). Some panchayats faced tough fights and ruled with the support of independent candidates.

The BJP has less than 10% of the vote. The Mani and Joseph factions of the Kerala Congress are influential in some pockets.

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