Kochi, May 6 (IANS): Stung by criticism from several quarters, the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church said on Friday that it had no role in choosing the CPI-M candidate for the May 31 by-election in the Thrikkakara Assembly in Kerala.
What had raised eyebrows was the manner in which the “surprise” CPI-M candidate – cardiologist Joe Joseph – had been announced on Thursday evening at Lizzie Hospital by eminent cardiologists, in the presence of the director of the hospital, a priest from the Syro Malabar Church, who runs the hospital.
P.Rajeev, Minister of State Industries and senior leader of CPI-M.
Even more surprisingly, the top three cardiologists, including the nominee, attended the press conference dressed in their operating room attire, which is usually done when doctors hold a press conference to announce certain achievements in their field. work to carry out surgery and such things.
In the debates of various television news channels on Thursday evening, the way the CPI-M announced its candidate was harshly attacked and many questioned whether the Catholic Church, in particular the diocese of Ernakulam-Angamali, had played a role.
Opposition leader VDSatheesan fired the first salvo on Friday, saying that when they named Uma Thomas, widow of PT Thomas, who was Thrikkakara’s sitting lawmaker, the CPI-M accused them of trying to arouse a wave of sympathy.
“Just look at the depths that the CPI-M has fallen into and it seems the candidate has been coerced by ‘external’ forces. Even if it doesn’t concern us, the CPI-M should explain it. All know the CPI-M appointed full member of the party and his name was written everywhere and see who their candidate is now,” Satheesan said.
However, the CPI-M dismissed the allegations.
Rajeev, from Kochi, said: “Satheesan seems to be shaken by our candidate and he was caught taking a nap and so it is understandable that why is he talking like that. We know that Joseph is a figure popular in social circles in the constituency and we will win easily.”
The head of the diocese, Cardinal George Alencherry, opposes among the clergy its mode of operation and those who oppose it have sounded the warning that the CPI-M will pay a heavy price for the press conference which was conducted at the hospital to announce their candidate.
Joseph, who started the election campaign on Friday, however, said the church played no role in his candidacy and that everything heard was absolutely baseless and baseless.
With the campaign yet to reach its climax while the BJP and the joint candidate of the AAP and Twenty 20 have yet to be announced, this act is definitely going to be discussed more and more and will be seen on the 3rd. June, when the votes are counted, who benefited from the episode.