KOCHI:For the record, the UDF leaders have expressed confidence that it would repeat 2010 in the City Corporation elections, but in the final lap, the front seems to have found itself haunted by problems of its own making. The UDF might have escaped unscathed by the strong agitation by the LDF demanding judicial probe into the Fort Kochi boat tragedy, during the final weeks of the regime. But the internal troubles seem to be taking a bigger toll on the Congress now.
The seat sharing among the groups in the Congress had dragged on while the LDF easily managed to take an early advantage. Even after the list was finalised, the factions in the Congress refused to bury the hatchets, as is evident from the revelations of former Deputy Mayor B Bhadra. There were rumours that Bhadra was sulking after being denied a ticket, but now she has come out in the open against group war within. The statements, that came on the final day of the campaigning, has come as bolt from the blue for the UDF. The LDF’s silent campaign will be boosted by the sounds of discord within the Congress. The party senior leaders have time and again dismissed the challenge of rebels that worry the prospects of the UDF in at least 10 divisions.