Kerala polls: UDF finalises seat sharing among partners

After marathon discussions lasting for days, the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala has finalised its sharing exercise among Front constituents for the April 13 Assembly Elections.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 13:01 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: After marathon
discussions lasting for days, the Opposition United Democratic
Front (UDF) in Kerala has finalised its sharing exercise among
Front constituents for the April 13 Assembly Elections.

As per the agreement reached Tuesday night, Congress, lead
partner in the Front would contest in 81 seats, leaving 59
seats to other partners, UDF sources said.

The UDF has earmarked 24 seats for Indian Union Muslim
League (IUML) and 15 seats for Kerala Congress-M, the other
major partner in the Front.

The problems with KC-M and Socialist Janata-Democratic on
the number of seats were solved through talks, the sources
said. While the KC-M, which demanded 22 seats finally settled
for 15, SJD which wanted 12 seats agreed to contest in seven.

As for other Front partners, Janadhipathya Samrakshana
Samithi (JSS) got four seats, Kerala Congress-J and CMP (three
each), Kerala Congress-B (two) and RSP-B (one).

However, the seats to be contested by the respective
parties would be finalised only on March 18, sources said.

Seat sharing in the ruling LDF was completed on March 14.
CPI-M, the lead partner is to contest in 93 seats, while 47
seats were earmarked for other Front partners. The LDF also
published its election manifesto yesterday.

PTI