21 June, 2021

Reverse Swing

Both contend with chronic dissenters. But the UDF has history on its side.

Reverse Swing
In the last lap to the poll, the ruling ldf wagon, having gained a head start over its rival coalition, looks road-weary. Meanwhile, the opposition udf is still convalescing after the recent outbreak of factional feuding within the Congress. While both fronts claim they have the edge, opinion polls seems to indicate that the anti-incumbency factor afflicting the ldf could see the udf through.

This is one election where real issues haven’t found their way on to poll planks. Will supporters of K. Karunakaran and A.K. Antony work against each other? Will the citu try to sabotage the election of cpi(m) politburo member and ldf candidate V.S. Achuthanandan again? Who is sleeping with the bjp this time—the Congress, cpi(m), or both? Will the joker in the pack—the bjp—open its account in the state legislature this time around? Will the central leadership foist its nominee for the CM’s post in the case of the Congress as well as the cpi(m)? These are the hidden, hotly-debated questions.

Public posturing’s another matter. Karunakaran enthusiastically flagged off...

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