Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LS poll campaign yet to start in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): With barely a month left for Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, both the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress-spearheaded UDF opposition, are yet to start election campaign in the state following issues related to seat-sharing and selection of candidates.

The stand-off between the CPI(M) and the CPI over the Ponnani Lok Sabha seat has forced the Left front to postpone election conventions in all the 20 constituencies, scheduled to start last week.

According to the Left front sources, Central leadership of both the CPI(M) and the CPI have been apprised of the matter and a solution is expected by Monday.

The CPI has been insisting on Ponnai seat but CPI(M) argued that it was agreed at the LDF seat sharing meeting that a 'common independent' candidate would be put up this time from the constituency, a CPI seat, to defeat the IUML which had been winning it over the years.

The CPI move to field film director Kamal, as an alternative candidate to both CPI(M) supported Prof Hussian Randhathani and CPI identified candidate A P Kunhamu, has also failed.

Mr. Kamal has refused to enter the fray unless, Randhathani, who had started campaigning in Ponnai as an independent candidate, with facit support of CPI(M) withdrew from the polls.

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