Poll campaign gains momentum in Kerala

March 31st, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 31 (ANI): With 970 candidates left in the fray for April 13 Kerala assembly poll, the campaigning has intensified in the state.

Despite independents and other state level parties trying their luck, the main tussle is among ruling CPIM led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

High profile contestants including Chief Minister and CPM veteran V S Acuthanandan, seeking mandate from the Left bastion Malampuzha in Palakkad district for the third time.

Besides Achuthanandan, his fourteen cabinet colleagues are back in the fray, eight from CPM, two from CPI, one each from RSP, Congress-S, Janata Dal-S and Kerala Congress (Thomas).

In LDF, lead partner CPI-M is contesting 93 seats, CPI (27), JD-S (5), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) (4 each), Kerala Congress, Indian National League (INL) (three each) and Congress-S (1).

The party-wise break up of seats being contested by UDF is Congress (82), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) (24), Kerala Congress (M (15), Socialist Janata Democratic (SJD) (6), Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithy (JSS) (4), KC-J, CMP (3 each), KC-B (2) and RSP-B (1).

Former Congress MLA Sobhana George, who filed nomination as a rebel in Chengannur against the party candidate and state Youth Congress president P C Vishnunath, pulled out from the fray on Wednesday

Senior leaders of various political parties are expected to join the campaign in coming days.

The polling for 140 assembly constituencies in Kerala will be held on April 13. (ANI)

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