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Was ex-CM A.K. Antony given an RS ticket to calm the choppy waters in the state’s Congress politics? It’s no secret that Antony’s been an alternative power centre since his exit from the hot seat. Which hasn’t made things any easier for CM Oomen Chandy. With him busy in Delhi (talk is, he may even be inducted into the Union cabinet), the state unit can go about rebuilding itself. Antony’s move is a virtual certainty with the Left not fielding a candidate. The high command had been unsure of where it could fit him but K. Karunakaran’s quitting the RS —and the party—has cleared the way.