V K Prashanth is LDF’s candidate for Vattiyoorkavu by-polls – UKMALAYALEE

V K Prashanth is LDF’s candidate for Vattiyoorkavu by-polls

Thursday 26 September 2019 4:18 AM UTC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sept 26: Amid rumours that Thiruvananthapuram Mayor V K Prashanth will contest Vattiyoorkavu by-election, he himself…

He was lauded for taking the initiative in collecting materials for the flood hit areas this year. The leadership is of the opinion that as he has a good support amongst the youth he will be able to win easily.

Two names were recommended by the district secretariat and the first name was that of Prashanth and district panchayat president V K Madhu’s name came second.

The district secretariat had asked V Sivankutty whether he was interested in contesting. However, reports say that he was not interested.

From the day the Vattiyoorkavu constituency was born, it is an influential constituency for the BJP. With this, the LDF was pushed to the third position.

Meantime, there are other factors for the selection of candidate in Vattiyoorkavu. Vattiyoorkkavu is a very influential constituency especially for the Nair and Christian communities.

However, the CPM decided to put aside the communal equation and field a best candidate.Vattiyoorkkavu constituency constitutes 42 per cent of the Nair community.

The party chose him as the candidate considering the mayor’s image, his acceptance amongst the youth and his involvement in collecting materials for flood hit areas after keeping aside the caste equations.

Not only that the constituency comes under the limits of the corporation. The CPM district unit hopes that the credit he obtained for his work during the floods time can be converted into votes.