While big brother CPI(M) walks away with the lion share of 92 seats, CPI was forced to be satisfied with just 27 -the same as before- with their last minute haranguing failing to yield any further increase in their share.
With CPI(M) being forced to walk a political tightrope to keep all its allies happy, PC George-led Kerala Congress (Secular) and Gouriamma-led Janaathyapathya Samrakshana Samiti (JSS) proved to be the first casualties in the build-up to the May 16 Kerala assembly elections. Both were left in the lurch with no seats announced as their share.
The detailed list is as follows:
CPI(M) – 92
CPI – 27
Janata Dal (Secular) - 5
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - 4
Congress (S) - 1
Kerala Congress (Scaria Thomas faction) - 1
Kerala Congress (Balakrishna Pillai faction) - 1
Kerala Congress (PC George faction) - Nil
Kerala Congress (Democratic) led by Francis George - 4
Janaathyapathya Samrakshana Samiti (JSS) led by KR Gouriamma - Nil
Indian National League (INL) led by SA Puthiyavalappil - 3
Forward Bloc - Nil
National Secular Conference led by PTA Rahim - Nil
Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP-Leninist) led by Kovoor Kunjumon - 1
Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP-Left) led by CP Karhtikeyan - Nil
Communist Marxist Party (CMP) led by KR Aravindakshan - 1
CPI(ML) Red Flag led by PC Unnichekkan - Nil
Whether all those LDF allies who came a cropper with respect to seat-sharing will continue in the Left fold is surely going to be an interesting topic for discussion in the coming days.