CPM to contest in fewer seats as LDF requires 14 additional seats for new allies
Thiruvananthapuram: CPM will limit the number of seats in which they are contesting in the upcoming assembly elections. In the previous assembly polls, the party had contested in 90 seats.
With the entry of Kerala Congress (M) Jose faction and LJD to LDF, the front needs to identify a minimum number of 14 additional seats to meet the interests of the allies. Hence, CPM, CPI and other parties in LDF are likely to surrender seats.
It is examined that CPM is likely to take over three seats out of the four allotted to Jandhipathya Kerala Congress in last polls. Thus, only Antony Raju from Janadhipathya Kerala Congress will get a seat to contest the polls this year. According to reports, LDF is likely to field him from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Kaduthuruthy seat which was allotted to Scaria Thomas faction will be given to Jose K Mani faction. As Mani C Kappan exited from the front, only two seats will be allotted to NCP. AK Saseendran is likely to be fielded in Elathoor and Thomas K Thomas in Kuttanad. It is expected that CPM will take over the seat in Kottakkal.
At the same time, LDF is likely not to grant five seats to JDS like last polls.
In the last assembly election, CPM contested from 90 seats while CPI candidates were fielded from 27 seats.
According to reports, either one seat or maximum of two seats will be allotted to INL which contested in 3 seats in previous election. Kasaragod seat is likely to be allotted to INL. Apart from this seat, if given, it would be Vallikunnu.
It is examined that CPM and CPI are likely to take over 8 seats from allies and surrender their 6 seats for new allies. CPM is expected to give away 4 seats while CPI is likely to contest from only 25 seats, 2 less than the previous polls.
However, the LDF has not made a final decision on Chavara seat which was earlier allotted to CMP.
If Kadannappally Ramachandran is not contesting from Kannur, Kerala Congress (S) will not get a seat.