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Candidates named, Kerala poll heats up

Kerala's Assembly polls are still over a month away, two main alliances are already battle ready

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 5 2016 2:38PM | Updated Date: Apr 5 2016 2:39PM

Candidates named, Kerala poll heats up

Kerala's Assembly polls are still over a month away, two main alliances in state plus the BJP  are already battle ready.

 
Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party have announced their candidates.
 
Kerala will elect a new 140-member legislature on May 16.
 
LDF was the first to name the candidates. 
 
NDA, which in the state comprises of BJP and Bharat Dharma Jana Sena,  was the second to come out with list. UDF completed the candidates' list on Monday night. 
 
The UDF is led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who will contest from Puthupally in Kottayam district.
 
"Everything is ready for us. We are seeking people's mandate to become the first government to retain power (in Kerala)," he said. "Our agenda of care and development will be our strength."
 
Confusion still reigns in the LDF as to who their leader will be. 
 
The two known rival CPI-M leaders, former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan and politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, are mustering their supporters to ensure they don't lose out in any leadership contest. 
 
"Once the elections are over, the leader will be selected," said Achuthanandan when asked if he will be the chief minister if the LDF wins.
 
BJP has renewed its confidence after doubling its seats in the 2015 local body election to over 1,000. 
 
Party has fielded all its top leaders, including state president Kummanem Rajashekeran.
 
With their candidates named, the three fronts are finalizing their campaign strategy.