news Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 05:30
 After hectic parleys at all levels in the Congress in Kerala, the party has decided to field K.S. Sabarinathan for the June 27th by-election for Aruvikara assembly constituency in the capital district. He is the younger son of late assembly speaker G. Karthikeyan, whose death in March this year necessitated the bypoll.   An engineer by profession and holding an MBA degree, Sabarinathan, 31, is presently working as manager, Human Resource, Tata Trust, Mumbai.   The first priority among party leaders though was M.T. Sulekha, the widow of Karthikeyan, state party chief V.M. Sudheeran told reporters at Congress headquarters here on Saturday.   "But she expressed her inability to contest. Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi (when he came to see Karthikeyan when he was unwell) was also sounded by Karthikeyan about Sabarinathan's interest in politics. In fact, while doing his engineering course, Sabarinathan had contested college union elections as Congress student wing candidate and hence he is not new to politics," said Sudheeran.   "I know the constituency very well and what happens is that at times, things which one never even dreams of become a reality. My father has been nurturing this constituency for the past 24 years and has done numerous development works.    "Today, the victory of Congress-led UDF candidate is a necessity and it will enable me to complete projects that my father started," Sabarinathan told reporters soon after his name was announced.   Meanwhile in a letter to KPCC President, KSU had earlier expressed dissatisfaction over the party’s decision to name Sabarinathan as the candidate. They maintained that other deserving potential candidates exist within the party and also said that Sudheeran himself should contest.   However Sudheeran dismissed the comments saying that the by-election is no college union election and that the decision has been taken after putting in enough thought to it.    “While doing his engineering course, Sabarinathan had contested college union elections as Congress student wing candidate and hence he is not new to politics,” Sudheeran said.   CPI-M candidate and former speaker and minister M. Vijayakumar has already started his campaign in Aruvikkara.   The BJP is expected to name its candidate on Sunday.    With IANS inputs  

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