Opposition leader Oommen Chandy, PCC chief Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister K Karunakaran’s son K Muraleedharan are prominent among the Congress’s 81 candidates for the April 13 elections.
Contrary to party tradition, youngsters and women found place on the list, released in New Delhi late on Tuesday.
The list has come almost a week after the CPI(M) and others announced their candidates.
Upset at being tickets, at least 12 leaders have threatened to contest as rebels.
Due to the intervention of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, many young faces got the ticket this time. Though the state leadership was of the view that the experienced had more chances of winning, the central leadership put its foot down to accommodate more young and women candidates.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had insisted at least 10% of the seats should go to women. In the last assembly elections in 2006, there were only seven women on the Congress list but this time it will be 10.