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Both the candidates think very highly of each other.
Kozhikode: The Kottooli ward of the City Corporation is witnessing a heated fight between two friends in the local body elections.
Anita Rajan of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shirly Pramod, a supporter of K. Muraleedharan, are classmates and family friends.
The women were part of the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) which was part of the Left Democratic Front in the previous Corporation Council. Ms. Pramod represented the Civil Station ward, while Ms. Rajan represented Kottooli South.
At one stage, the DIC-K merged with the NCP. When the party split and K. Muraleedharan left the NCP, Ms. Pramod, along with most others, followed their leader, while Ms. Rajan remained in the NCP camp. Now Ms. Pramod, with the support of the Congress, is challenging Ms. Rajan in her own ward.
It may be once in a blue moon that rival candidates refuse to paint each other in black. It has happened in Kottooli. Both the candidates have a very high opinion of each other and consider the other extremely capable. Ms. Rajan thinks of Ms. Pramod as a worthy opponent, while for Ms. Pramod, Ms. Rajan is like a sister.
Fancy their chances
Ms. Rajan is very confident of winning as she is the sitting councillor of Kottooli. “I have been able to fulfil my duties responsibly. The people have no complaints about my work. I have more chances of winning than Shirly,” she told The Hindu.
Ms. Pramod is banking upon her experience as a social worker and later as a councillor for two terms. She was very popular as a professional singer and was an active participant in a forum for the protection of mangroves. “As a councillor, I was able to help people in a better way than as a social worker. I am not alien to the people of Kottooli as the ward bordered my previous ward. As for my possibility of winning, let the people decide,” Ms. Pramod said.
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