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A prestige fight for UDF

Mithosh Joseph

LDF has won the district panchayat till date


UDF sure of winning 10 to 15 divisions: DCC chief

UDF's reliance on allies will not yield results: LDF


Kozhikode: Winning more number of seats against the brutal majority of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the district panchayat is a matter of prestige for the United Democratic Front (UDF) this time.

The UDF is confident that its tally will improve with the support of its new allies.

Though the LDF has captured the district panchayat ever since the formation of the district, the UDF hopes to challenge its track record.

District Congress Committee (DCC) president K.C. Abu says those who played a crucial role in the victory of the LDF candidates in the previous elections are now supporters of the UDF.

Mr. Abu says the support of senior leader K. Karunakaran and the alliance with K. Muraleedharan will definitely deal a blow to the LDF domination.

The UDF is also backed by the Socialist Janata (Democratic) and the Kerala Congress led by P.J. Joseph.

He says the UDF is sure of winning 10 to 15 divisions. The front has a clear lead in Engapuzha, Peruvannamuzhi, Koduvally, Nadapuram, Omassery, Kattippara, Kappad, Chorod, Velam and Farook divisions, he says.

Of the total 27 divisions, the Congress is contesting 15 divisions. Six seats have been allocated to the Indian Union Muslim League. The Socialist Janata (Democratic) will contest four divisions. The remaining two seats are shared by the Kerala Congress and the Communist Marxist Party.

The LDF is very confident about retaining the district panchayat.

P. Mohanan, secretary of the LDF coordination committee for the district panchayat elections, says the UDF's tactic of relying on its allies to win the polls will never yield results in the current circumstances.

Mr. Mohanan says the strength of those who had returned to the UDF camp has been considerably diminished following splits. These will not pose a challenge in the LDF strongholds.

Also, the UDF is yet to settle the rebel menace owing to discord within the front.

The LDF is well ahead in its final round of campaigning and is highlighting its various achievements, he adds.

Of the 27 divisions, 17 are represented by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidates.

The remaining 10 seats are shared by the six allies in the front, including the Communist Party of India and the Nationalist Congress Party.

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