Left on back foot at Kerala assembly session

Following the murder of a former CPI-M leader and the widening rift within its ranks, the party, after a long time, would be seen on the back foot during the Kerala assembly session starting Monday.

Also, the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front [UDF] with a thin majority of five seats, expects to increase their tally by one after the Neyattinkara by-election results come out Friday.

In the 140-member assembly, the UDF has 72 seats while the Left has 67.

‘Does anyone talk of the UDF having a minuscule majority. We think we've done a reasonable job with our agenda of development and care as we completed a year in office recently,’ Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had said.

The month-long assembly session also would see the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI-M] face the heat over three murder cases, for which many of the party's activists have been rounded up.

One of them is of recent murder of former party leader T P Chandrasekheran in which investigators are reportedly even closing in on the party's top brass.

It will more interesting is to see how Leader of Opposition in the assembly, V S Achuthanandan, who has slammed his party following the murder of Chandrasekheran, runs the affairs in the floor of the house.

The UDF is expected to lose no opportunity to bring out the difference between Achuthanandan and the party.
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