The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) chief will decide his chief minister after April. Assembly vote, Said the party’s veteran leader and former defense minister AK Antony on Monday.
“The UDF will decide on its chief minister after the assembly elections. Then a unanimous decision will emerge,” Anthony told a television channel.
He mentioned that no assurance was given to any candidate about the top post.
The veteran leader’s response comes as former chief minister Oommen Chandy was recently tasked with leading the Congress-led opposition front in the party’s high command’s crucial parliamentary elections.
A 10-member election management and strategy committee chaired by Chandi was approved in January by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
There was a lot of speculation after Chandi was expected to be the face of the party and the front, though senior leader Ramesh Chenithala has been leading the state assembly as the Leader of the Opposition for the past five years.
However, the party leadership has dismissed all rumors and said that its current focus is on ensuring The victory of the UDF After the election and any other decision will be taken after the election.
Asked about his political plans, Antony said he had already ended electoral politics in 2004 and would end parliamentary politics by 2022 after his Rajya Sabha term expires.
In a scathing attack on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the Congress leader said that the current victory of the CPI (M) in Kerala was limited and there should be no doubt about democracy.
He said it was better for Vijayan to sit on the opposition bench for the next five years so that he would be in a position to question his past rules.
Expressing confidence in the victory of Muralitharan, the Congress nominee for the only BJP seat in the state assembly, Antony said it was not a stronghold of the saffron party.
He added that BJP veterans and Rajagopal had won the Nemam constituency in the 2011 Assembly polls because of voter sympathy for the candidate as he had repeatedly failed in several previous elections.
Elections in all 14 districts of Kerala will be held in a single phase in April.
In its manifesto, the Congress-led UDF made a promise ₹2,000 ‘pensions’ for domestic workers, ₹2,000 per annum for the poor and five lakh houses for the underprivileged under the ‘Rules Scheme’.
Including input from agencies.