C. Gouridasan Nair
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The talks in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) on sharing Rajya Sabha seats remained deadlocked even after two sittings of the entire LDF State committee and one round of bilateral discussion between the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) here on Thursday.
There was no forward movement in any of these meetings as neither the CPI(M) nor the RSP was willing to give up its claim to the second seat that the LDF is sure of winning. Three seats are going to the polls this month and the LDF has the numerical strength in the Assembly to get two of its nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition United Democratic Front has already decided to leave the only seat that it is certain about to the Congress so that the party can field Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony.
According to LDF insiders, there was very little discussion in any of the meetings on Thursday. Representing the CPI(M), party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan declared that his party could not part with the seat that was rightfully its and, from the RSP side, party State secretary V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai made it equally clear that there was no question of his party giving up its claim to the seat. The only other front leader who made any intervention in the dispute between the two Left parties was CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan who told the CPI(M) leaders to consider sparing the seat since the RSP wanted to send its general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan to the Rajya Sabha.
The meeting finally dispersed after deciding to meet again on Friday for a final bid to break the deadlock, but there was no hint of a compromise. From available indications, the CPI(M) is determined to have things its way and this is likely to result in the RSP representatives seeking to register their dissent. The RSP leaders are leaving for New Delhi on Friday to attend a party Central committee meeting being held there on Saturday and Sunday.