By Indianflash News Service
The United Democratic Front will begin bilateral discussions on seat sharing for the coming Lok Sabha elections from February 10. This was decided at the high power committee of the UDF this week.
The smaller parties in the UDF have already started coming out in the open and demanding more seats. the Congress will be holding talks with the other partners in the Front without its state president Mullapapally Ramachandran, who is on a Kerala march from January 3.
UDF convener Benny Behanan said that a final decision on all the seats will be taken before the end of February. Meanwhile, the youth congress in the state has also demanded that younger blood be included in the list of contestants. Highly placed sopurces said that they ahve already made this known to the top state leaders and also to take the issue with Rahul Gandhi.
In the 20 lok Sabha seats, the Indian Union Muslim league and the Kerala Congress (mani) are seeking one additional seat than they had contested last time. The RSP seat has already been decided in Kollam. Stating that Kottayam was always their seat, Kerala Congress leader K M Mani had said that they would seek one more seat be it in Thrissur, Chalakudy or Idukki.
IUML leaders also said that they had all the right for one more seat. The IUML believes that it has the right for three seats this time. Last time, the IUML had contested Malappuram and Ponnani, and this time they are learned to demand Wayanad, where there is a larger concentration of Muslims.
For the UDF, seat sharing was always a laborious task with coalition partners always coming up with fresh demands.
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