Congress for early candidate selection in Kerala
The Congress high command has pressed the fast-forward button by initiating talks with Kerala leaders for finalising the list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections by February 1, when the model code of conduct is expected to come into force.
The AICC has reportedly finalised the list of candidates of several States and discussions with Kerala leaders have been initiated in tune with these moves. The basic premise is to give candidates contesting the elections a head start in electioneering. At Thursday’s meeting, Mr. Chennithala is understood to have informed the AICC leaders that the Kerala leadership’s views on candidate selection can be submitted only after discussions with the 30-member election committee of the KPCC. If the speed with which the AICC seems to be moving, it appears that the Congress leadership will have to open dialogues with UDF partners for formalising a well-accepted seat-sharing formula.
The high command’s push towards early candidate selection comes at a time when it has not been able to finalise the nominees of the KPCC executive committee and the composition of the District Congress Committees.