Thiruvananthapuram: The bilateral talks
between Congress and UDF partner JSS led by K R Gowri
failed on Saturday with the latter insisting on its demand for five
seats and Congress sticking to its offer of four seats.
Gowri said after the meeting that JSS leaders would meet
tomorrow to decide on the next course of action.
Later addressing reporters after the Congress election
committee meeting, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said the
Congress had offered JSS the maximum number of seats it could
afford. "Now it is upto them to take a decision," he said.
He said another round of talks would be held with leaders
of UDF constituents tomorrow.
Chennithala said the list of probable Congress candidates
for the coming assembly elections would be submitted to the
central scrutiny committee on March 16 and 17 and the final
list would be published by March 21.
Union Ministers A K Antony and Vayalar Ravi, AICC general
secretary in charge of Kerala Madhusoodan Mistry, Opposition
Leader Oommen Chandy and senior leaders attended the meeting.
Chennithala said there was a suggestion at the meeting that
youth, fresh faces and women should get due representation in
the candidates` list.
Mistry said he would apprise the High Command of the views
expressed by various leaders at the meeting. To a question, he
said no particular leader had presented any list of his own
before the meeting. "The Congress will work as one unit for
the poll as the leaders are aware of the aspirations of people
for a change in governance in the state," he said.
Earlier at a brief function at the KPCC headquarters,
Defence Minister A K Antony launched the website of United
Democratic Front (www.udf.org.in) for the assembly poll.