THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The seat-sharing talks between the CPM and CPI on Sunday ended with a decision to maintain status quo, it is learnt. The fifth round of talks between the allies started with the CPI demanding two more seats than the 27 in the previous elections. The CPI’s additional wishlist included Eravipuram in Kollam.
However, the CPM stuck to its old stand that the CPI should hand over two seats back. It also took a stand that an additional seat could not be granted in Kollam. In the end both parties arrived upon a consensus that status quo should be maintained.
Following the persisting demand of the CPI, the CPM has reportedly given an assurance to examine the possibility of a seat exchange. A final call on the matter will be taken in the LDF meeting on Monday.
CPI Executive Today
The CPI state executive will meet on Monday to finalise the list of candidates which will be ratified by the state council on Tuesday. C Divakaran, E S Bijimol, V S Sunilkumar and G R Anil are likely to be in the list.
Pinarayi in Kollam
CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan will attend the party district secretariat and district committee meetings in Kollam on Monday. Pinarayi’s visit is to convey the state secretariat decision to field actor Mukesh in Kollam.