Kozhikode: With both the LDF and UDF naming its candidates, a total of nine MLAs are seeking mandate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. With the decision to field K Muraleedharan in Vadakara, the number of MLAs contesting the polls has increased to nine.
With both LDF and UDF all geared up to ensure victory in the LS polls, sitting MLAs were named candidates in several constituencies. If these MLAs win the LS polls, there will be by-polls to their respective Assembly constituencies.
The LDF has fielded the most number of MLAs with six. Kozhikode north MLA A Pradeep Kumar (Kozhikode), Aroor MLA A M Ariff (Alappuzha) Aranmula MLA Veena George (Pathanamthitta), Nilambur MLA P V Anwar (Ponnani), Nedumangad MLA C Divakaran (Thiruvananthapuram), Adoor MLA Chittayam Gopakumar (Mavelikkara) are the LDF MLAs contesting the LS polls.
The CPM, which fielded more independent candidates last time, has gone ahead with the part’s popular MLAs this time around. The CPM tactic is to try and capture the seats they lost last time using the party’s most favourite MLAs in the district.
Meanwhile, three Congress MLAs are contesting the LS polls. Even after days of uncertainty over the candidate to be fielded against CPM’s P Jayarajan in Vadakara the Congress could not decide on an apt candidate. In this situation, they turned to Vattiyoorkavu MLA K Muraleedharan. Besides Muraleedharan, Ernakulam MLA Hibi Eden and Konni MLA Adoor Prakash are contesting the LS from Ernakulam and Attingal constituencies.
Increased number of MLAs contesting the LS polls has invited criticism. The question is how will the MLAs, who promised to work for their respective constituencies for the next five years, respond to the public. Another criticism is that the parties are misusing public funds by fielding sitting MLAs despite the knowledge that it will lead to by-elections.
In 2009, the Congress had fielded three MLAs. While K Sudhakaran contested in Kannur, K V Thomas and K C Venugopal contested in Ernakulam and Alappuzha respectively. All tasted victory. If the MLAs contesting the 2019 LS polls taste victory, there will be by-elections to the Assembly constituencies they were representing.