Kerala

Nemom: Tri-cornered contest at VIP segment

CPI(M), BJP, UDF testing their fortune in Nemom, where BJP emerged runner-up in the previous Assembly poll.

An intense tri-cornered contest is in the offing at Nemom where the BJP had emerged runner-up in the previous Assembly election.

The BJP has again entrusted veteran O. Rajagopal to wrest the seat from V. Sivankutty, CPI(M), who was returned with a margin of 6,415 votes in 2011. Socialist Janata Dal (SJD) leader Charupara Ravi, who fought as the UDF candidate, finished a poor third. As the seat-sharing process is progressing, the UDF has again offered the seat to Janata Dal (United), but the party has expressed its reservations in accepting it. This indecision is delaying the entry of the UDF candidate.

Onus on Sivankutty

After electing A. Sadasivan (CPI) in 1957, Nemom, though not consecutively, returned CPI(M) candidates six times, and now the onus is on Mr. Sivankutty to retain the seat. The constituency acquired a star status with the late Chief Minister K. Karunakaran contesting from Nemom along with his home turf Mala in 1982. On getting elected, he had to relinquish the seat and E. Ramesan Nair, who had vacated the seat for Karunakaran, contested again. Yet another prominent winner from Nemom was the late Congress veteran S. Varadarajan Nair, who got elected in 1977.

The CPI(M) and the BJP have started campaigning in right earnest. The UDF too would enter the fray soon and set the ground for a fiery tri-cornered fight. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which is running Mr. Rajagopal’s campaign, is working on a frenetic pace. Mr. Sivankutty and the CPI(M) election machinery too are also not leaving anything to chance.

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