Francis George stays away from leadership meeting.
Chacko had won as a Kerala Congress candidate in the Legislative Assembly elections held in 1970 and 1977.
As Kerala Congress chairman P J Joseph resumed the election campaign in the constituency after recovering from COVID-19, his rival KC (M) candidate K I Antony went to quarantine after testing positive.
The LDF can command an enviable position if it wrests the Kottayam district from the UDF. If the UDF retains its stranglehold over the district, the Kerala Congress politics would enter a new phase.
The new entity will now be known as just 'Kerala Congress' as was this regional outfit known in its initial days until half a century ago.
Scaria Thomas was the chairman of a splinter group of Kerala Congress, which is an ally of the Left Democratic Front.
Joseph, who is with the United Democratic Front, overcame this crisis immediately by merging its faction with the splinter Kerala Congress (Thomas) party of PC Thomas on Wednesday.
Thomas is likely to take part in the UDF election convention on Wednesday.
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s suggestion to field P C Vishnunath in Kollam met with stiff opposition from District Congress Committee president Bindhu Krishna.
The Kerala Assembly elections 2021 is as much Jose vs Joseph as it is the LDF vs UDF.