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LDF seat-sharing talks end in stalemate

Special Correspondent

Talks between CPI(M) and allies to resume on March 13

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The bilateral discussions between the CPI(M) and its allies, CPI and RSP, on sharing of seats for the coming Assembly elections ended in a stalemate here on Thursday with neither side yielding even an inch from their stated positions. During the discussion between the CPI(M) and the RSP, the former sought the Kollam seat, but the latter was not amenable to the idea. Instead, it sought return of the Harippad seat, which had been taken away from it.

The discussion between the CPI(M) and the CPI also produced little by way of results with the former demanding the Chathannur seat in Kollam district and the CPI refusing to accept it without being compensated with a winnable seat elsewhere. The CPI also sought seats in Pathanamthitta and Kannur districts and offered to give Thirurangadi to the CPI(M).

The talks between the CPI(M) and the Kerala Congress (Joseph) and the Janata Dal on Wednesday also did not make much headway.

The talks would now resume on March 13 after the CPI(M) leaders return from Delhi after attending the party Polit Bureau meeting on March 10 and 11 and the Central Committee meet the following day.

The LDF State committee is supposed to meet on March 17 and 18 to approve the sharing of seats between the allies.

Special Correspondent adds from Chennai: CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told presspersons here that talks were progressing smoothly. The Indian National League also would be part of the Front, he said. He said there were no differences in the Front over not accommodating the Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran). "There is no difference of opinion on this issue [of keeping them out] at all. All of us hold the same view," he said.

Asked if the move to keep out the DIC (K) would affect the chances of a victory in some constituencies, Mr.Vijayan said this was not the case.

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