Chennithala expressed confidence that Assembly elections would not affect the party prospects in Kerala
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday expressed confidence that the rout of the Congress in four States – Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan – in the recent Assembly elections would not affect the party’s prospects in Kerala in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll.
The list of candidates has to be finalised by February 1, when the model code of conduct is expected to come into force.
The second round of discussions will be held on December 24 when Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is expected to visit Delhi. Mr. Chennithala will also join the discussions at that time.
If the speed with which the AICC seems to be moving, it appears that the State Congress leadership will have to open dialogues with United Democratic Front (UDF) partners for formalising a well-accepted seat-sharing formula, prior to convening its election committee.
The push towards early candidates’ selection comes at a time when it has not been able to finalise the nominees of the KPCC executive committee and the composition of the District Congress Committees.