THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPM state secretariat meet has approved the candidatures of actor Mukesh in Kollam and Veena George in Aranmula. The decision of the secretariat to field Mukesh in Kollam was taken after rejecting former minister P K Gurudasan’s disapproval. District committee’s list given to CPM state leadership seeking to suggest a candidate, who has chances of winning, included the name of Gurudasan.
There were widespread protests against the candidature of Veena George. However the state leadership rejected it. Most probably Veena would be contesting as an independent candidate.
Meantime, C M Dinesh Mani has informed the state leadership that he is not in the fray. After the withdrawal of Dinesh Mani, DYFI state secretary M Swaraj is likely to contest from Thripunithura constituency.