When KJ Alphons launched his campaign from wrong constituency

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When KJ Alphons launched his campaign from wrong constituency

As soon as he reached the busy Aluva town, Alphons started requesting votes from the people around. This was also his public interaction after being announced as the candidate from Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency.

Union Minister KJ Alphons on Saturday (March 23) officially launched his campaign in Kerala, two days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced their candidates from the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, it is learned that Alphons landed up seeking vote in the wrong constituency.

Here is what happened:

Alphons landed at Cochin International Airport on Saturday evening. He walked out of the airport to a grand welcome by the party workers.

Alphons and his team chose public transport for their journey to the constituency in Ernakulam. However, en route to the city Alphons decided to get down from the bus at Aluva, the suburb of Kochi (Ernakulam) city.

As soon as he reached the busy Aluva town, Alphons started requesting votes from the people around. This was also his public interaction after being announced as the candidate from Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency.

But, little did he knew about the place he was seeking votes. Aluva, through a suburb of Kochi city, fell under the adjacent Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency. After requesting votes from a few people, local leaders of the party informed Alphons that he was seeking votes at the wrong constituency.

The union minister was quick to tackle the situation as he started seeking votes for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate from Chalakudy constituency, AN Radhakrishnan.

Without further delay, Alphons and his team left Aluva to Kalamassery region, where he finally entered the Ernakulam constituency.

NDA will win:

Despite the initial hiccup, Alphons has expressed confidence that he would win from the Ernakulam seat.

"The people here are upset with the Left and the Congress. They have seen what the NDA has delivered over the years. For a city like Kochi, they will certainly need an NDA representative. Kochi is like my second home, so I'm sure about my victory", Alphons told media persons in Kochi.

Alphons, who shifted his loyalties to the BJP in 2011 had first entered the Kerala Assembly with the support of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in 2006.

Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency: The Congress bastion

Ernakulam has traditionally been a Congress bastion. In the last 18 elections, since 1951 (including by-elections) the Congress has emerged victorious 13 times.

While Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s lone victory came way back in 1967, Independent's backed by the Left Democratic Front won 5 times.

This time around, the CPI(M) has fielded Ernakulam strong man and former Rajya Sabha MP P Rajeev for the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress has replaced two-time sitting MP and former minister K V Thomas with local MLA Hibi Eden.