The State committee of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) is meeting here on Thursday to discuss the draft manifesto of the alliance and work out the seat-sharing formula for the April 13 Assembly elections. The meeting is unlikely to complete either of the exercises on Thursday and is very likely to constitute a sub-committee to fine-tune the proposals in the draft manifesto and resolve to iron out differences over seat-sharing in the course of the coming few days.
Front convener Vaikom Viswan told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the seat-sharing talks were progressing smoothly and, despite reports about the partners having made tall claims, there was not much that separated the allies and the CPI(M). “The delimitation of constituencies has created some problems and we are trying to see how best we can solve these,” Mr. Viswan said and added that a final picture should be ready by late next week. Bilateral discussions have been on between the CPI(M) and the allies over the last several days. High point of this exercise was a meeting between leaders of the CPI(M) and the CPI here on Wednesday. The CPI leadership has reportedly sought 30 seats, up from the 24 seats that the party had contested in the 2006 Assembly elections, in view of the exit of the Veerendrakumar faction of the Janata Dal (Secular), the Kerala Congress (Joseph) and the Indian National League from the alliance. However, the CPI(M) is stated to be willing to part with only two or a maximum of three seats additionally.