Kerala Cong seeks disqualification of rebel MLA

Kerala Congress (Joseph), which pulled out of the ruling LDF last week, has sought disqualification of rebel MLA V Surendran Pillai, who rejected the official line and chose to remain a part of the coalition.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (Joseph),
which pulled out of the ruling LDF last week, has sought
disqualification of rebel MLA V Surendran Pillai, who rejected
the official line and chose to remain a part of the coalition.

A letter seeking action against Pillai was submitted to
the Secretary of the state Assembly by KC(J) MLA Mons Joseph
today, party sources said.

KC(J)`s contention was that Pillai was its only MLA out
of four members who had joined the rebel camp, claiming to be
the "original" Kerala Congress. It rejected the move of former
PWD Minister P J Joseph to merge with Kerala Congress (Mani)
faction.

Since Pillai contested and won on the symbol allotted to
KC(J), his decision to go against the leadership would amount
to defection, they said.

Joseph and two MLAs had last week left the party and the
ruling coalition as part of their plan to merge with KC (M)
and move to the Congress-led UDF.

Pillai, however, declined to toe the line and chose to
remain with the rebel faction led by PC Thomas.

A proposal to induct Pillai in the cabinet is under
consideration of the LDF.

PTI

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