LJD to retain seat left vacant following Veerendrakumar’s death.
The Communist Celebration of India (Marxist) [CPIM)] is unlikely to stake claim for the Rajya Sabha seat that has fallen uninhabited following the death of Socialist veteran M.P. Veerendrakumar.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) sources informed The Hindu that the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) would decide its nominee and will officially be cleared and revealed at the front’s State committee meeting, that is arranged to satisfy within a fortnight. The election would be held on August24
Rumours were swarming that the CPI( M) would stake claim for the seat, but the sources sought to brush it aside as unfounded and mindful attempt to produce cracks in the front. Front partners do not have convention of appropriating a seat designated to an ally through consensus, the sources said.
When the Pala and Kuttanad Assembly seats fell vacant following the death of Kerala Congress( M) leader K.M. Mani and Nationalist Congress Party leader Thomas Chandy, there were reports that the CPI( M) would wrest the seats. However all such rumours were shown to be unwarranted. NCP candidates contested from both sectors.
The front would not deviate from the convention and an LJD candidate would object to the Rajya Sabha seat too. The LJD management is anticipated to have discussions on its prospect with the CPI( M) leadership soon, they said.
Neither the CPI( M) nor the LDF would turn to any action that would rock the boat offering an excessive benefit to the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) ahead of the regional body and Assembly elections that are to be held in succession.
The UDF and the BJP are trying to make maximum mileage of a row over the smuggling of gold in a consignment addressed to the United Arab Emirates consulate here and sustain it till the 2 elections.
This was in spite of a firm position Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPI( M) had taken on the gold smuggling case. Both Mr. Vijayan and the CPI( M) had actually invited the inquiry into the case and exhibited confidence about its result too. The Rajya Sabha election would not offer any space for the Opposition to get a benefit over the government and the LDF, the sources stated.