Seat-sharing crisis deepens in LDF; Kanam says Kerala Congress (M) can’t compete with CPI

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Kottayam: CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran on Saturday disclosed the issues within LDF relating to seat-sharing for the upcoming local body election. He said CPI is the second faction in LDF and it has no opinion that Kerala Congress (M) is the strongest faction in Kottayam. Jose K Mani faction has not reached the level to compete with CPI, he told media after the party district executive meet here.

LDF is a front that has the strength and ability to resolve the challenges. There will be difference of opinion like any other front, but we hope the leadership will solve the issues at the earliest amicably. There is still time. Nominations can be filed till November 19 and the same can be withdrawn till November 23, Kanam said.

He further said that it is not media that should decide whether the image of LDF was maligned. It should be the people.

“There are few issues relating to seat-sharing in Kottayam. CPM has demanded the CPI to sacrifice two out of the five seats where we contest in district panchayat. But it can’t be accepted. Similar issues exist in case of panchayats, municipalities and block panchayat divisions. Though with the entry of Kerala Congress (M), the LDF will be strengthened, CPI is not ready for actions that would sacrifice its identity. CPI is willing to offer one seat to Kerala Congress (M), but not more,” he explained CPI’s stance.

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