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The UDF and LDF are fast getting their electoral machinery in place. The two camps have been waiting for the Onam lull to pass to jack up their campaign efforts.
The LDF is already much ahead in electioneering because of the early announcement of the candidate and the absence of any internal controversies over the candidate. Being a cadre-based front, it has been pretty easy for the LDF to put a systematic electioneering machinery in place in no time. The fact that Dr. Paul had stood for election in the constituency a few times before and that he is a media celebrity come in handy for the LDF campaigners because of the candidate's easy face recall and name recognition.
Dr. Paul will visit the Paravur and Vypeen Assembly segments on Tuesday. He said he planned to call on important personalities, institutions and business establishments on Tuesday in the first round of constituency tour. Elaborate tours in open jeep with announcements, which is normally the mainstay of the poll campaign in Lok Sabha constituencies, would start from September 14.
The UDF which has so far been focussing on conventions will accelerate its campaign from Tuesday. The Ernakulam DCC president, K.P. Dhanapalan, said the campaign would be in top gear from Wednesday when the KPCC president, K. Muraleedharan, would launch the campaign at a meeting at Eloor. He said already mandalam-level conventions have been completed in 40 of the 56 mandalams. Constituency-level conventions had been completed in all the seven Assembly segments. Of the 1,246 booths, meetings had been held for 856.
The arrival of two AICC observers, G. K. Vasan and Veerappa Moily, is expected to dull the group rivalry in the Congress and thus provide an impetus to electioneering. The two leaders would be Kerala for three days and are expected to mollify the senior leader, K. Karunakaran, and win his support for the UDF candidate.
The lack of a party machinery is hampering the independent candidate, V. Viswanatha Menon's electioneering. Though he is being supported by the BJP, the party's organisational machinery has not yet been utilised for the campaign. Being an independent, Mr. Menon has to fend for himself.
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