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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Cong in Kerala renominates Antony to RS
The Congress in Kerala on Saturday renominated defence minister AK Antony for the Rajya Sabha. His current term comes to an end this month. Antony's name was recomme-nded by the election committee of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee(KPCC). There were some initial hiccups though as Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) claimed the seat. The issue was, however, sorted out and IUML gave it up in favour of the Congress leader. "The KPCC election committee's decision to propose Antony as the candidate was unanimous.Considering his national stature as the defence minister,his continuance in the Rajya Sabha is inevitable,"state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala told reporters. The CPM also announced the names of K N Balagopal,political secretary to Kerala chief minister, and TN Seema, head of the All India Democratic Women's Association's state unit. The party, too, had its share of problems with its ally RSP demanding a seat.But this was turned down by the Left Front. All the three are expected to be elected unopposed as no other candidate is likely to enter fray considering the political composition of the state assembly.While the Congress can win one seat,the ruling Left will return two candidates. Besides Antony,A Vijayraghavan of the CPM and P V Abdul Wahab of the IUML are the other two candidates retiring from the Rajya Sabha this month.