Troubled by rebels and its standoff with its ally JDS, the CPI-M, heading the ruling Left front in Kerala, is fighting the April 16 Lok Sabha polls from Kozhikode with its back to the wall.Adding to the woes of both LDF and opposition UDF is the BJP, which polled over 90,000 votes in 2004 elections.
The newly-formed CPI(M)-rebel outfit, the Left Coordination Forum, with a considerable sway in select pockets, is giving a hard time to the CPIM whose insistence to field its own candidate and the JD(S)'s determination to fight against it has further complicated matters for the LDF.
Though a section in the JD(S) has openly come out in LDF's support, the tough stand by JD(S) state President and sitting MP, M P Veerendrakumar, has made things difficult for CPI-M.Seeking to cash in on CPI-M's woes, Congress, heading the UDF, has pitted KPCC General Secretary M K Raghavan, regarded as a 'gentleman politician' against LDF's 33-year-old P A Mohammad Riyas, the youngest candidate in its list.
Riyas's candidature is also seen as a ploy by the Marxist party to offset the 'imbalance' created following the recent ouster from the party of sitting MP, A P Abdullakutty for his remarks praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Abdullakutty has since joined hands with the Congress.BJP has fielded its state Vice-President V Muralidharan, while P Kumarankutty is Left Coordination Forum's nominee