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Seasoned politicians, debutants share space in Congress candidate list

Special Correspondent



Therambil Ramakrishnan



C.N. Balakrishnan



T.N. Prathapan

THRISSUR: Old warhorses share space with new faces in the list of Congress candidates for Assembly elections in the district.

Seasoned politicians in the list are Therambil Ramakrishnan (Thrissur), C.N. Balakrishnan (Wadakkancherry), K.P. Viswanathan (Puthukkad), P.A. Madhavan (Manalur) and T.N. Prathapan (Kodungalloor).

They will rub shoulders in the poll arena with relatively new faces K.B. Sasikumar (Chelakkara), K.T. Benny (Chalakudy) and M.P. Vincent (Ollur).

In 2006, Mr. Therambil Ramakrishnan had won the Thrissur seat for the fifth time. His victory margin, however, plunged from 13,706 votes in 2001 to 2,596 votes in 2006. Thrissur constituency polled the lowest number of votes in the district in 2006.

Son of Melute Krishna Menon, Mr. Ramakrishnan was Assembly Speaker from June 27, 1995 to May 28, 1996, and September 16, 2004 to May 23, 2006.

Mr. Balakrishnan, KPCC treasurer and former DCC president, is contesting the Assembly elections for the first time. So is P.A. Madhavan, DCC vice-president and former Leader of the Opposition in the district panchayat.

Mr. Prathapan, KPCC secretary, had won from the Nattika constituency twice.

His victory was a bright spot for the UDF in 2006. His victory margin, however, came down from 11,747 votes in 2001 to 9,586 votes in 2006.

Mr. Viswanathan was Forest Minister in the Karunakaran Ministry from 1991 to 1994 and in the Oommen Chandy government in 2004 and 2005.

Son of K.K. Balakrishnan, Dalit leader and former Minister, Mr. Sasikumar was a former activist of the Kerala Students' Union.

Mr. Vincent is DCC secretary. A native of Angamaly, Mr Benny was formerly the Youth Congress Mandalam president in his hometown.

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