THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As per the understanding reached with the Kerala Congress(Democratic) led by Francis George and the CPM leadership, the KC(D) will get four seats, including the Poonjar seat, to contest. While the KC(D) had demanded seven seats, the CPM agreed to allot four seats - Idukki, Changanassery, Poonjar and Thiruvananthapuram. However, George has demanded the Kothamangalam seat also. The CPM leadership has offered to hold talks in this regard on Monday, ahead of the LDF meeting. With the Poonjar seat being allotted to the KC(D), the signals coming out from the LDF camp are that P C George, who had rocked the UDF by raising serious allegations against K M Mani and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, will be ditched by the LDF.
NCP to Get Four Seats
The NCP will be given four seats to contest in the upcoming Assembly polls. The talks with the CPM leaders and NCP ended with the former agreeing to allot Kottakkal, Pala, Kuttanad and Elathur seats for the NCP. Though the NCP demanded five seats, the CPM did not yield to the demand.
JD(S) to Get Five Seats
The JD(S) will be allotted five seats, including all the four sitting seats. Chittoor will be the additional seat to be allotted. Though the JD(S) had demanded seven seats, the CPM offered five seats.
INL to Get Three Seats
The Indian National League, another associate of the LDF, will be given three seats. Instead of the Koothuparampa seat where the INL had contested last year, Kozhikode south will be given this time to the INL. Besides the Kasargod seat, it will also be given Vengara or Malappuram seat. The Congress(S) will get only the Kannur seat.
The bilateral talks between the CPM and CPI were inconclusive as the CPI demanded one more seat to contest. Though their earlier demand was for two more seats, the CPM demanded that the CPI should concede two of the seats it had contested last time as there were several new allies in the LDF. When the talks were held on Saturday, the CPM agreed to tone down their demand saying that the CPI need not let go any of its seats which it had contested last time. The CPI, however, insisted that they be given one more seat.
Nikesh, M Swaraj to be Candidates
The CPM has decided to field mediaperson Nikesh Kumar and DYFI state secretary M Swaraj in the Assembly elections. While Swaraj will be fielded from Tripunithura, Nikesh Kumar will be fielded from Azhikode.