Poonjar to see ‘mother of all’ poll battles

The burly P.C. George – a delight for every cartoonist – is currently fighting for his pride as he has been dumped by both the political fronts in Kerala and is contesting on his own, on his home turf Poonjar which has returned him six of the seven times he has contested. The Poonjar contest

The burly P.C. George – a delight for every cartoonist – is currently fighting for his pride as he has been dumped by both the political fronts in Kerala and is contesting on his own, on his home turf Poonjar which has returned him six of the seven times he has contested.
The Poonjar contest has been touted the ‘Mother of all’ poll battles in Kerala with an interesting four-cornered fight in the offing.
Poonjar, located about 40 km from Kottayam, is synonymous with George, 64, as he has dominated the place ever since he made his electoral debut by winning in 1980.
It was only for a nine-year period from 1987 to 1996 that George was not a member of the assembly, and since then he has always been the star on the floor of the assembly, for his razor sharp tongue. In fact, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan recently said that the biggest enemy of George is his own tongue.
Ahead of the 2011 polls, after being with the Left Democratic Front (LDF), George merged his party with that of Kerala Congress (Mani) and moved over to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

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