Rebels may play spoilsport
Trouble surfaced when KC-J, an ally of LDF, announced they would field 14 candidates apart from the 6 allotted.india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 15:18 IST
Ahead of the crucial assembly polls, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala is faced with a situation previously unheard of in their front - rebel threat.
Trouble has been brewing for some time and it surfaced in the open on Monday when Kerala Congress-Joseph (KC-J), an ally of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led LDF, announced they would field 14 candidates apart from the six they have been allotted.
Kerala, which has 140 assembly seats, goes to the polls on April 22, April 29 and May 3.
"In our stronghold in Kottayam district we were given just one seat and in other strong areas in north Kerala, we were left out. So we decided to field 14 more candidates in constituencies where we have a presence," Scaria Thomas, senior party leader said.
The LDF released its final list for the polls Sunday with the CPI-M contesting 84 seats.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) will contest 24 seats, the same number it did in the 2001 assembly polls.
The biggest loser in the seat-sharing arrangement has been the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which had 11 seats in the 2001 polls but now has just two. Similarly the Congress (S), which split from the NCP, got one seat.
There was another setback for the LDF Monday when former transport minister and sitting Janata Dal-S legislator A.
Neelalohithadasan Nadar decided to contest from Kovalam as an independent after resigning as a legislator on Monday.
Nadar, who was last year sentenced in two sexual harassment cases, was denied to contest from his sitting seat after the CPI-M raised strong objections.
Nadar was peeved after leader of opposition VS Achuthanandan Sunday said there would be no seat for womanisers. Following Achuthanandan's statement, Nadar's party decided to withdraw him from the fray.
"I was not given a fair deal and I was nominated in the right manner and yesterday I was removed as a candidate. I will fight the election as an independent candidate and I have filed my nomination," said Nadar.
KC Joseph, the lone legislator of the KC-J, said there would be no rebel candidates.
"Yes it is true that we have not been given our due share, but these things were discussed on Sunday and at no cost there will be rebel candidates. If such a thing happens then these people will not be in the party," said Joseph.