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Dissatisfaction over seat allocation; PC Thomas-led Kerala Congress quits NDA

Joseph and Thomas

Leaders of Kerala Congress factions, PJ Joseph (left) and PC Thomas (right)/File Photo

Kochi: The Kerala Congress headed by former Union Minister P C Thomas on Wednesday quit the NDA alleging that his party was neglected by the BJP-led alliance when the seats were allocated for the April 6 polls.

The faction led by Thomas would merge with the Kerala Congress headed by senior leader P J Joseph, which is a constituent of the Congress-led UDF.

Thomas was elected as MP in NDA ticket from then Muvattupuzha seat in 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

The Kerala Congress leader, who was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, said his party was given four seats in the 2016 Assembly polls but not a single seat was allocated this time.

Thomas said the BJP leadership had offered him Pala assembly seat but he did not opt for it due to some personal reasons.

The Joseph-led Kerala Congress said both the parties would merge on Wednesday with a public merger declaration.

It said Thomas has agreed to accept P J Joseph as the party's chairman and leader, and Thomas himself would become deputy chairman.

(From PTI with minor edits)

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