Vacant Rajya Sabha seats: LDF-UDF fronts deliberate over candidate selection


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Thiruvananthapuram: Both LDF and the UDF fronts in Kerala are deliberating to reach a consensus over allocation of vacant Rajya Sabha seats.

For LDF two seats are available and CPM and LJD have staked claim. LJD is pushing for maintaining its status quo. While CPM is of the stand that the first vacant seat available should be allotted to them.

Though the seat is earmarked for Congress in UDF, high demand from aspiring insiders makes allocation cumbersome.

A section among the CPM believes that there is no need to give Rajya Sabha seats to allied parties inorder to strengthen the Left presence in parliament. However, LJD has demanded the seat and give them an opportunity.

Last time when three seats fell vacant, LDF had two seats and UDF one seat in which there was winning propability. The CPM bagged two seats in the LDF. In UDF there was a debate on who would be the candidate. There was no such issues last time to contest against Jose K Mani in the RS. It was during the last minute that Karakulam Krishna Pillai decided to fight. But this time UDF has a winning seat and it is learnt that many including KV Thomas and Satheeshan Pacheni are pushing for their candidature. Meanwhile, there are speculations that youngsters will be given opportunity. In that case VT Balram will have a possible chance.


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