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VD Satheesan likely to be next Oppn Leader; Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, PT Thomas also in fray

Reportedly, VD Satheesan could become the Opposition Leader if Ramesh Chennithala follows the footsteps of former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Following the results of the Kerala Assembly election, reports have emerged that the Congress led-United Democratic Front (UDF) will be making some differences in Congress state leadership. Reports have emerged that Paravur MLA VD Satheesan is likely to become the next Opposition Leader in the Kerala Assembly.

Reports surfaced that Satheesan could become Opposition Leader if senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala follows the footsteps of former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. In 2016, when the UDF lost the Assembly Election, Chandy politely refused to become Opposition Leader.

Satheesan is one of the senior Congress leaders in Kerala and has won the Paravur seat four times. Apart from Satheesan, there are reports that senior Congress leaders Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and PT Thomas are also in the fray to become the next Opposition Leader in Kerala. Reportedly, only 22 elected candidates will represent the Congress party in the Kerala Assembly. The opposition, however, will face 99 elected candidates from the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Following the election defeat, the UDF accepted their defeat. However, Ramesh Chennithala will not stop pursuing the corruption of the LDF government.

"We raised a lot of issues of allegations against the Vijayan-led government. None of the issues can be washed away just because they have won the elections. We raised facts and truths. All issues will be discussed when our leaders meet," he said, adding that the Front will introspect the elections as they were not expecting such a result.

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the UDF will come back stronger. "No one should forget that this defeat will deter us, as we have come back very strongly when we suffered the worst reverses...," Chandy said. He also added that the UDF accepts this loss as a setback and will analyse and discuss the way forward.

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