The local body polls set to take place in November in Kerala will witness some tough competition as The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has named daughters of three political heavyweights as their candidates
The daughters of two former chief ministers E K Nayanar and P K Vasudevan Nair will be the Left Democratic Front's candidates for the November polls to the local bodies for the Kochi corporation, while former minister and founder of Communist Marxist Party (CMP) M V Raghavanâ€™s daughter M V Girija will contest as the Left candidate in the Kannur Corporation.
E K Nayanar - communist leader from the CPI(M) - was the longest serving chief minister of Kerala having held the post for 11 years. PKV, a CPI leader, gave up his post after close to a year in office, to facilitate the coming together of the three communist parties and pave the way for the formation of the LDF.
This decision to field E K Nayanarâ€™s daughter Usha from the Ravipuram division of the Kochi Corporation was reportedly a request by the Ernakulam Area Committee and was approved by the CPM district committee.
Sarada Mohan, P K Vasudevanâ€™s daughter, and district committee member of the CPM Mahila Sangham, is expected to be announced as the LDF candidate from the Kalady division.
Meanwhile, Girija will contest from the Kizhunna ward, which is reserved for women. The CPM witnessed a big split in March last year, following which one faction joined the LDF.
(M V Girija)
Padmaja Venugopal, the daughter of former chief minister K Karunakaran, will not contest for the Kochi Corporation and the Congress election meet on Saturday did not mention Padmajaâ€™s name as leaders are reluctant to field her for smaller posts, Mathrubhumi reported.
Former minister N Ramakrishnanâ€™s daughter Amrita Ramakrishnan is all set to enter the Kannur Corporation polls, the Malayalam newspaper adds.