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Campaign for bypoll enters second phase

N.J. Nair

Senior LDF, UDF leaders to campaign in coming days

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As campaigning for the byelection to the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency enters the second phase, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has gained an edge over the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Right from the start, the LDF machinery has been running the campaign systematically. Squads comprising members of service and feeder organisations of the front have completed three rounds of house visits soliciting votes for Pannian Ravindran. The UDF too seems to have toned up its machinery and adopted some time-tested strategies of the LDF in seeking votes.

The BJP campaign is yet to gain steam.

During the last election, BJP candidate O. Rajagopal had run a high-voltage campaign and at times even surpassed UDF candidate V.S. Sivakumar's efforts. Speculation is rife over the inertia in the BJP camp and the active involvement of the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) (DIC(K) in the LDF campaign.

Family get-togethers are being organised by the UDF, LDF and the BJP. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee general secretaries, MLAs, Ministers and District Congress Committee office-bearers have been given charge of each Assembly segment and their work is being monitored regularly to overcome the lapses in time.

The UDF leaders are assessing the strength of the DIC(K) in the constituency. They are seeking solace in the calculation that the fledgling party's influence is confined to certain areas and will not mar the prospects of Mr. Sivakumar. The earnestness shown by K. Karunakaran and K. Muraleedharan in campaigning for Mr. Ravindran has enthused the LDF. Though not an LDF partner, the DIC(K) is unsparing in its campaign efforts.

The rival fronts expect a steep fall in the BJP votes. The UDF leaders are hopeful that a lion's share of the BJP votes will go to Mr. Sivakumar, while the LDF leaders say that the apolitical voters who had supported Mr. Rajagopal will vote for the LDF. The campaign managers of C.K. Padmanabhan rule out both possibilities.

. The UDF leaders fear that a fall in the voting percentage as in the local bodies' elections will have a telling effect on the performance of Mr. Sivakumar and they have engaged squads of Congress as well as UDF workers for house visits.

Senior leaders of the LDF and UDF will start campaigning in the coming days. BJP national vice-president Venkaiah Naidu and Mr. Rajagopal are addressing public meetings in the city and its suburbs. Former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj too will reach here to campaign for Mr. Padmanabhan.

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