Kochurani himself reacted to the news that the CPM was considering Kochurani Joseph. He has been with the constituency development journey for the last four decades. Kochurani told Twentyfour News that this is also in the light of his three decades of teaching experience at Thrikkakara College.
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Kochurani Joseph said that he was active in any matter in the constituency and would accept any decision taken by the Left Front. They also made it clear that they would not comment on the issue until the party officially announced the candidate. According to reports, Kochurani Joseph is also the official spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church.
Despite reports that the party has been in talks with Kochurani over its candidature, neither the CPM nor the Front leadership has commented on the matter. Kochurani Joseph is also the former Head of the Department of Economics, Bharat Mata College.
By the time the by-elections are declared in Thrikkakara, the Left Front will be able to determine the candidate and start campaigning. The state government had earlier issued a notification stating that the Thrikkakara constituency has been vacant since December 22 following the demise of PT Thomas.
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The Left will contest the elections with the aim of capturing Thrikkakara and bringing the number of seats in the state assembly to 100. The victory of the Left is also necessary to prove that the people have not paid the price, including the criticisms leveled by the Opposition against K Rail.
On the other hand, if the UDF wins, there will be criticism that anti-government sentiment persists. Therefore, the CPM and the Left will fight in Thrikkakara with the sole aim of fielding the best candidate and capturing the constituency.
Meanwhile, the Congress has also entered into candidate discussions. Uma Thomas, the wife of PT Thomas, is the main target of the Congress. Thrikkakara is the only constituency where the Congress has won all the three elections held since 2011 after the formation of the constituency. This is Thrikkakkara’s first time entering the by – election.
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