After numerous objections and turnarounds on the question of the Kollam seat, the CPI(M) has finally fielded Actor Mukesh from this constituency.
Mukesh is a veteran actor with over 250 films under his belt, and is the son of famous stage artiste O Madhavan and film actress Vijayakumari.
The question of Mukeshâ€™s candidature had remained hanging in the balance until earlier in the week, as repeated district secretariat meetings failed to produce a decision in his favour.
It was only with a firm stand taken by senior leaders, including Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday that sitting MLA PK Gurudasan could not be fielded as a candidate that clarity appeared on Mukeshâ€™s candidature.
Gurudasan, a former minister, has held the constituency since 2006, when he defeated Babu Divakaran of the RSP(M). In 2011, he defeated the Congressâ€™s KC Rajan.
But with the LDFâ€™s loss in the Kollam parliamentary constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as a result of opposition from the RSP, Mukeshâ€™s nomination is seen as an attempt to counter the growing clout of the UDF.