The Winter session of the Kerala Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday with the opposition LDF raising the bribery allegation against Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani to attack the Congress-led UDF government headed by Oommen Chandy.
One of the oldest regional political formations, Kerala Congress, has turned 50 with its various factions active players in the state`s coalition set-up despite their fractious nature which has seen them splitting into leader-centric outfits over the years.
Kerala Congress chairman P C Thomas Wednesday said the Election Commission has declared the anti-merger group of the party led by him to be the original party and the name has been included in its official document.
The Congress unit in Kerala has asked Union minister K V Thomas to rectify his statement that there was no evidence to prove aerial spraying of Endosulphan pesticide at a village in Kasargode had caused health hazards.
Leaders of Kerala Congress factions KM Mani (KC-M) and PJ Joseph (KC-J) on Saturday announced their decision to merge their parties on May 27, ignoring resentment from Congress that heads the UDF of which KC(M) is a constituent.