The fate of Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan still hangs in the balance even as the CPI(M) will keep up the tradition of leading the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the assembly elections.
The party will contest in 95 seats of the 140 in the state, against the 85 it fought last time.
The CPI, another member of the LDF, will contest in 27, three more than in 2006.
But the CPI(M) is still to take a decision whether Achuthanandan will contest. Last week the state committee of the party had decided to seek the district committees’ opinion on the issue. But none of the 14 district committees had suggested his name. Now the state committee, where his arch foe state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has majority support, will have to meet again.
As many smaller partners such as the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Kerala Congress (Joseph) have left the coalition, the formation has more seats to share this time.
Of the 95, the CPI(M) is likely to give five seats to independents backed by the party.
The Revolutionary Socialist Party, a Janata Dal splinter group and the Nationalist Congress Party will get four seats each. And the Kerala Congress (Thomas) and Indian National League will share six equally.
The CPI(M) leadership had nerve-wracking sessions in the past two days to settle the contentious issue. A formal announcement will be made after the LDF meeting on Monday.
However, the Congress-led United Democratic Front is yet to finalise its seat-sharing arrangements. Union civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi has dropped the idea of fielding his daughter Lakshmi, a doctor, from the Kottayam seat, following protests from Youth Congress leaders.
His late wife, Mercy Ravi, had represented Kottayam in 2001-2006.