LDF facing seat sharing disputes in Kottayam; CPI unwilling to compromise


K B Sreedhar / Mathrubhumi News

CPI district leadership is already concerned that CPM is giving more consideration to Jose K Mani faction after they joined the LDF.

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kottayam: A dispute occurred within the LDF in Kottayam regarding seat sharing for the upcoming local body polls. CPI decided that they need not compromise with their self-esteem. Meanwhile, there are attempts to resolve the dispute by offering seats to CPI in other local bodies instead of district panchayat.

CPI is stubborn about Kottayam district panchayat and the municipalities including Pala. CPI does not want to reduce the number of seats which they contested during the previous election. They contested in 5 seats in district panchayat last time. They informed that they can give away one of this seats.

However, the CPM demanded two seats to include Jose K Mani faction. But CPI is not willing to compromise. CPI district executive meeting was held in Kottayam on Saturday and state secretary Kanam Rajendran also participated.

After the meeting Kanam addressed the media and repeated that CPI is the second largest party in LDF when it comes to public support. CPI district leadership is already concerned over CPM giving more consideration to Jose K Mani faction after they joined the LDF.

Jose K Mani had demanded 11 seats in which they contested last time. However, CPM informed them that they can give only 9. Among them, one seat need to be taken from the account of CPI and this led to the issues.

CPI had contested in 7 seats in Pala municipality. CPM district committee and secretariat are convening meetings on Sunday to discuss seat sharing. Final decision in this regard will be taken in the LDF meeting to be held by evening, it is expected.

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