These Two top Kerala leaders waiting to launch their sons in politics?
These Two top Kerala leaders waiting to launch their sons in politics?

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Before they retire from electoral politics, two of Kerala's most prominent politicians, who have played a very long game and are at the final lap of their illustrious political careers, are actively working to begin the political careers of their sons.

First up is 78-year-old Oommen Chandy, a two-time former chief minister of the Congress who just passed the late K.M. Mani to become the legislator with the longest tenure.

Chandy, who has served as the Puthupally assembly representative since 1970 and who has won a record 12 assembly elections, is seriously considering fielding his son Chandy Oommen in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections or the 2026 assembly elections.

The other leader is P.J. Joseph, the 81-year-old head of the Kerala Congress, who sits in the Thodupuzha assembly seat in the Idukki district. Like Chandy, Joseph was first elected in 1970, but he was defeated in the 1991 and 2001 assembly elections.

Currently serving his tenth term in office, Joseph has already started the process of nominating his son Appu John Joseph, who will very certainly run for assembly in 2026.

But those days are long gone, when top-tier Congress-led United Democratic Front leaders could put their Son in the father's place and K. Muraleedharan, the son of legendary Congressman K. Karunakaran, was the only one who managed to avoid the wrath of the typical aspirant to a seat.

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