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Rebel menace bugging fronts in Nedumangad

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The Left Democratic Front (LDF) may be presenting a picture of confidence in the Nedumangad municipality but the unity within the coalition appears to be going through a rough phase.

The seat-sharing exercise for the local body polls has led to a minor rift among the constituent parties of the front, which has been ruling over the municipal council for the past two decades.

The stage is set for a ‘friendly fight’ between the CPI(M) and the CPI in the Koraliyode ward. While the CPI(M) is fielding N.R. Baiju, who has been a council member during the past 20 years, the CPI will be represented by Mallambrakkonam V. Vijayan.

Mr. Baiju was one among the nearly 70 CPI workers, who switched over to the CPI(M) nearly a month ago. A CPI(M) leader, who requested anonymity, claimed that the workers had considered joining the BJP over differences with the CPI leadership.

“In an attempt to prevent this, the CPI(M) welcomed the workers to the party. The move could not be seen as one aimed at weakening the CPI,” he said. Later, the parties locked horns over the nomination of Mr. Baiju from a ward that was allotted to the CPI.

The Mukhavoor ward that the councillor has been representing was reserved for women candidates.

Viewing the CPI(M) move as one to undermine its importance, the CPI decided to field one of its own, thereby paving the way for a ‘friendly fight’.

The trouble posed by rebels is another factor that affects the LDF. A.S. Hari, who had recently resigned from the CPI(M), will be contesting against CPI candidate Vijayan in the Irinchayam ward.

CPI rebel Raibal Najeema is fighting the party’s nominee Sumitha at the Market ward. Another rebel candidate, Ajitha of the CPI(M), is contesting against the CPI nominee Chithra at the Perayathukonam ward.

The Congress is also not free from rebel menace.

Former councillor Nettichira Raghu is contesting as a rebel candidate against party nominee Arun Kumar at the Mancha ward. Moreover, another Congress rebel Ambika is contesting against the party’s candidate Geetha Jayan at the Punkummoode ward.

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