Kottayam,15 March, Sreeparvathy K.: Former Transport Minister and sitting MLA Mathew T Thomas is to contest the election from Kottyam as Janatha Dal (S)-LDF candidate. The decision was taken by HD Deve Gowda taking a note on his potential and activities as MLA and Minister. He will face tough competition from Kerala Congress’ sitting MP Jose K Mani.
Mathew T Thomas was unwilling to compete in the Lok Sabha election as he is the sitting MLA from Thiruvalla, but was convinced to be in the race by the central leadership of the party. Janatha Dal (S) national leadership had considered three leaders for seat upon the list provided by Jose Thettayil, CK Nanu, Mathew T Thomas, Neelalohitha Dasan Nadar, NM Joseph, Kayikkara Shamsudheen, PK Gopi and K Krishnankutty.
LDF had earlier announced PK Harikumar as the candidate in Kottayam and later was forced to give the candidature to Janatha Dal fearing the party will leave the front as RSP did.