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D Vijayakumar to be UDF candidate and Saji Cheriyan Left candidate in Chengannur

NEW DELHI: Congress high command has declared UDF candidate D Vijayakumar as Chengannur UDF candidate. Vijayakumar, who had worked as DCC secretary for a long time, was also close to Leader K Karunakaran .  
Though his candidature was considered seriously before, it missed between cup and lip at the eleventh hour. Currently, he is working as Chengannur Agro Development Bank president and has a strong relationship with the constituency.
The Left front has decided to make CPM Alappuzha district secretary Saji Cherian its candidate. Saji, who came into the lime light through students’ politics, had lost the election when he was pitted against Congress’ P C Vishnunath in 2006.
But in the current circumstances, the LDF’s assessment is that Saji’s candidature will be helpful
The by-election in Chegannur constituency became necessary following the death of MLA K K Ramachandran. Congress’ D Vijayakumar is UDF candidate. BJP leader Adv Sreedharan Pillai will also contest as NDA candidate.