Cong workers striving for increased margin for Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is yet to launch his formal campaign in Puthupally, from where he is seeking an 11th term in state Assembly in the May 16 elections, but Congress workers are already confident of his victory with an impressive margin.

Though Chandy is busy with election conventions of the ruling Congress-led UDF, his presence can be felt in every nook and cranny of this constituency which he is credited with nurturing and where he regularly conducted ‘people’s durbar’.

This town in Kottayam district is considered his pocket borough as Chandy is the only Congress leader in the state who have been elected 10 times in a row to the Assembly from the same constituency. It is a usual practise of Chandy to be in Puthupally on Sundays for the ‘durbar’, if he has no other important official engagements.

“This has been his practise for the last several years whether he is in the ruling side or in opposition. His affection for his constituency is so deep that he would never miss a chance to be in Puthupally despite his hectic schedule,” said P.T Chacko, a close associate of Chandy.

“At the ‘durbar’, at least 500-600 people used to come early morning and it used to continue till afternoon,” Chacko said.

“His victory is assured. We are working for increasing the margin of 33,255 votes in 2011 polls. There is no need to introduce the candidate to voters. Every person in the constituency knows him very well,” Biju, a Congress worker, told.

A shrewd strategist with the man-next-door image, 73-year-old Chandy has been a key player in Kerala Congress for over four decades. Chandy was just 26-years-old when he became MLA for the first time from Puthupally in 1970 and he never looked back.

(Agency)

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