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Ministers Isaac and Sudhakaran’s absence in focus

Alappuzha and Ambalappuzha will turn from ‘safe' to ‘battlefield' seats for CPI (M)

The purpose of applying the two-term rule in the selection of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate is to bring new faces, but it is Finance Minister TM Thomas Issac and Public Works Minister. Determined to keep Sudhakaran away from the assembly. In the election field.

Dr. The absence of Isaac and Mr. Sudhakaran, two senior leaders, especially in the battle of Alappuzha and Ambalappuzha constituencies will give a new dimension to the electoral battle in the district. In 2016, Drs. Isaac won the election from Alappuzha by 31,032 votes and Mr. Sudhakaran from Ambalappuzha by a margin of 22,621 votes.

The CPI-M considers both Alappuzha and Ambalappuzha as ‘safe' seats, but without the sitting MLAs it would become a ‘battleground'. “Isaac and Sudhakaran have done tremendous development work in their respective constituencies. Both have a clean image and are extremely popular among voters. Without contesting the election, the electoral battle in these constituencies will be close, ”a party source said.

The CPI (M) decided not to field those who contested elections continuously and won twice, the party district secretariat said last week by Drs. Isaac and Mr. Sudhakaran had sought exemption in the area. However, the party state secretariat, which met on Thursday, refused to move. In addition, the state committee on Friday reportedly decided to strictly enforce the criteria and exclude two-time contestants.

Dr. Isaac who contested assembly elections in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 won on every occasion. Shri Sudhakaran was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996, 2006, 2011 and 2016.

Although the party's formal announcement is yet to be made, the party workers seem unhappy with the decision. On , posters supporting Mr Sudhakaran and questioning the party's decision appeared in Walia Chudukad in Ambalappuzha. Allegedly, there were calls at the CPI (M) District Secretariat and the committee, which called on the duo to discuss potential candidates, to deliberate on the potential candidates here on Saturday.

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