ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Kerala- Tussle over Seats

IT was clear from the beginning that the United Front government in Kerala would dissolve itself and opt for a mid-term poll to the assembly only if prior agreement was reached on the distribution of the seats both for the assembly and the Lok Sabha polls. Barring the Muslim League and the Kerala Congress, off-shoots of which are in alliance with the CPKM), other partners in the alliance had no immediate quarrel with the CPKM). National developments too, both in the Congress and in the CPI and the CPKM), had made a broad alliance of forces opposed to 'authoritarianism and communal- ism' possible. Around the middle of last month, the CPI general secretary who had been conducting 'negotiations' with his CPI(M) counterpart had said that "our constant contacts in recent days helped us to understand each other's position well and removed a lot of misunderstanding between the two parties". What this actually meant was that the CPI, which was heading the coalition in the state, was now ready to break with its partners. Thus, the decks had been cleared for the resignation of the UF ministry, the dissolution of the state assembly, the forging of an alliance against 'authoritarianism and communalism' which would win the elections, and the formation of a new government in which the CPI(M) would be dominant.

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