Even at 87, Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan has a massive appetite for power. He made it clear he was battle ready if the party wanted him to slug it out at the polls. “The party will take a decision. If it asks I will be ready,” he said on Thursday.
On whether he would seek a re-election from the Malampuzha (Palakkad district) constituency, he evaded a direct reply, saying the party would decide such things.
Speculation is rife that he would be denied ticket this time, citing the rectification drive that began after the worst drubbing the Left received in 2009 Lok Sabha polls. According to the rectification programme, MPs and MLAs who had served two or more terms would stay away from the polls and concentrate more on organisational work.
The CM, however, has given the party anxious moments after being demoted from the Politburo to the central committee about two years ago.
Meanwhile, informal talks have begun in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) opposition and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) to sort out seat-sharing problems. UDF leaders had a two-hour meeting with Janatipatya Samrakshana Samity (JSS) leader KR Gowri Amma. The JSS has insisted that it should get five seats it contested last time.
Given the fact that only limited period is left to finalise candidates (polling on April 13), junior constituents of both are set for a hard bargain. State Youth Congress leaders had air-dashed to Delhi to exert pressure on Rahul Gandhi to get more tickets for youth. Leaders had already submitted a long list to the party high command.
In LDF, though, informal talks have begun party-wise, bilateral talks would resume only on March 9. Most CPM leaders are in Delhi to attend the party central committee meet (March 4-6).