​Kerala parties yet to share seats

March 06, 2014 - 12:28:11 am

Thiruvananthapuram: With the dates for the Lok Sabha polls announced yesterday, political parties in Kerala said they were yet to conclude talks with their allies on seat- sharing. 

Kerala goes to the polls April 10 to elect 20 Lok Sabha members from the state. In the 2009 polls, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) won 16 seats and the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) had to settle for just four. The Bharatiya Janata Party drew a blank. 

The pattern of sharing the 20 seats has remained more or less the same. In the UDF, the Congress contests 17 seats, the Indian Union Muslim League 2 and the Kerala Congress (Mani) fights on one seat. In the LDF, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is expected to contest 16 seats and the CPI four.

“We are certain we will soon finish the seat sharing talks with our allies,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The CPI-M top brass is meeting March 5-6 and the number of seats they will contest will be clear after the meeting. IANS