KERALA

CPI(M), DIC(K) working out modalities for power-sharing

DIC(K) leaders to meet at Karunakaran's residence today

K.S. Sudhi

KOCHI: District units of political parties, including the CPI(M) and DIC(K), are waiting for directives from their respective State leaderships on power-sharing in Kochi Corporation.

Any decision on sharing power with the DIC(K) in Kochi Corporation would be taken only after the State secretariat of the party reaches a decision in this regard, said a CPI(M) leader.

So far, no discussions have been held with the DIC(K) or any of the constituents of the LDF regarding sharing of power. On its part, the DIC(K) has also not staked any claim in the civic administration, he said.

Senior leaders of the party, including party president K. Muraleedharan, will meet at the residence of K. Karunakaran in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday to take stock of the post-poll scenario. The party is expected to finalise its strategies regarding claiming of its share of power in civic bodies, including Kochi Corporation, at the meeting.

The DIC(K) has four representatives in Kochi Corporation, including N. Venugopal and K.M. Hamsakunju. The district unit of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) will meet on October 1 to discuss the issue of sharing of standing committees in the Kochi Corporation. The CPI(M) district secretariat will meet on October 2 at 2 p.m. to finalise the Mayor and Deputy Mayoral nominees of the party.

The party is likely to nominate Mercy Williams, who was elected from Kunnumpuram division, as its Mayor. However, it is yet to arrive at a decision regarding the Deputy Mayor candidate. The names of a few leaders are doing the rounds.

While a section of the party leaders are in favour of a senior councillor and district committee member who was elected from the city, for the post, some others feel the Deputy Mayor post should go to a representative from West Kochi.

The Western part of the city needs to get adequate representation in the civic administration as the area returned 21 members to the LDF kitty, they argued.

Regional balance

The party needs to take into account the regional balances while selecting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor candidates. As the Mayor will in all probability be elected from the central city area, it should be balanced by electing a representative from West Kochi as Deputy Mayor candidate, they argued.

Unlike the last council, the UDF will not be allotted any Standing Committees in the new council as the LDF has secured absolute majority in the 71-member council. The Front has secured 46 seats in the election reducing the UDF to 23.

With its reduced strength, the UDF will be denied any share in power and will end up restricted to the task of Opposition in the council.

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