19 April, 2021

On A Swing And A Prayer

KERALA: Strength of the house: 140

On A Swing And A Prayer
Traditionally, the Kerala electorate always votes the Opposition. This time, though, the ruling cpi(m)-led Left Democratic Front (ldf) feels the voters might reverse the tradition. To facilitate this, it has decided to keep chief minister E.K. Nayanar and his geriatric cabinet colleagues out of the fray. Instead, politburo member and ldf convenor V.S. Achuthanandan, Nayanar’s bitter rival, will helm a younger team of prospects. Second, the Left has projected an image of solidarity and cohesion, kicking off its campaign even before the election has been notified.

In contrast, the Congress’ United Democratic Front (udf) bandwagon is on creaky wheels. For one, it will need the high command to intervene in the conflict among faction leaders K. Karunakaran and A.K. Antony. As a quid pro quo to allow Antony to be projected as CM, Karunakaran wants his daughter to get a constituency of her choice and/or his son to be nominated as the next kpcc chief.

The Left admits it has lost a bit of lustre as it has failed to project its achievements. It’s not ready to...

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