Jose K Mani, Mani C Kappan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The two major political fronts in Kerala are going to take a crucial decision regarding the Pala assembly constituency. LDF is drawing Jose K Mani and team to them while UDF is eyeing NCP from the other side.
The CPM has offered Pala seat, which is currently held by NCP, to Jose K Mani in order to attract him to the LDF. They also offered 7-9 seats including Kanjirappally where CPI candidate contests regularly.
Along with the changes in the political front, CPM offered the Rajya Sabha seat, which will be vacant after Jose K Mani resigns, to Mani C Kappan of NCP in return of Pala seat. However, the NCP rejected this formula.
CPM has planned to give seats in Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam districts mainly. The joint Kerala Congress (M) had contested in 15 seats when they were part of the UDF. Jose K Mani has proposed this ratio.
Meanwhile, the UDF is planning to attract one ally from LDF instead of the one taken by them. NCP is unhappy over taking the seat won by them through Pala bypolls.
Normally, UDF has an upper hand in the constituency. But NCP believe that the personal connections and family relations of Mani C Kappan helped them win the seat despite being part of LDF.
As NCP is part of the UPA in the Centre, they have no ideological issues in joining UDF. Mani C Kappan and other leaders informed the UDF that they have support from their national leader Sharad Pawar in switching the political front.
However, minister A K Saseendran is unlikely to join them. NCP had contested in 4 seats with LDF. Though they expect the same consideration in UDF too, they have not decided about seat sharing.