THIRUVANANHJAPURAM: The Congress is planning to change Shantha Jayaram who was chosen earlier as the candidate for Ottapalam constituency of Palakkad. The move comes in the wake of opposition from regional Congress leaders. The parleys had been going on in the Congress to field Mahila Congress leader Shanimol Usman instead of Shantha Jayaram in Ottapalam.
The regional leaders say that they would not be able to accept Shantha Jayaram who contested from Shornur last year and lost to CPM’s KS Saleekha for more than 13000 votes.
The DCC also informed the leadership that they would be able win the seat by fielding another candidate.
While selecting candidates, Shanimol was considered for Ambalappuzha seat. But she lost the opportunity in the last minute when it was decided to give that seat to JD(U). Now, when leaders contacted Shanimol, she is said to have expressed her willingness to contest from Ottapalam.