The Alappuzha district committee of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) has stressed the need to allow CPI(M) leaders such as TM Thomas Isaac and G Sudhakaran to contest the Kerala Assembly election again. According to the party rule, CPI(M) leaders who contested twice and won in the Assembly elections, should not contest again, to pave the way for other leaders and members.
The Alappuzha leadership might seek an exemption in the case of G Sudhakaran, the Public Works Department (PWD) Minister and Thomas Isaac, the Kerala Finance Minister, citing that they are popular leaders in the district and have all possibilities to win. This was discussed at the Alappuzha district secretariat meeting on Monday. CPI(M) state acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan had participated in the meeting.
According to some reports, a few party leaders in the Alappuzha secretariat are not happy to let U Prathibha contest again from the Kayamkulam constituency.