Rebels may mar Congress chances in kerala

Kochi, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
The initial advantage the Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF) enjoyed, owing to the schism in the rival CPM camp, appears to have been blunted as the announcement of Congress candidates has given way to rebels raising a host of ugly heads.

Adding to the new found woe is the seat adjustment problem with Karunakarans Democratic Indira Congress (DIC) which is slowly raising voices of discontent.

With several of the big names in Congress including spokesman MM Hassan, KK Nair who has represented Pathnamthitta constituency eight times, and one-time MLA Sharatchandra Prasad out of the list, there is a strong possibility now that some of them could enter the fray as rebels.

Admittedly, such rebellion in the Kerala Congress is nothing new, but what clearly seems to have enraged many aspirants as well as senior contenders is the criterion that has been formulated, merely to keep these leaders out of the poll fray. While Mr Nair and Mr Prasad have announced that they will contest the elections, Mr Hassan too has been flexing his muscles. The KPCC spokesman had to give up his ministership along with AK Antony.