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LDF constituents hold parleys for deciding ministers

Written by: Staff
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Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 (UNI) Major constituents of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) began parleys for deciding their respective parties Ministerial candidates and electing their Legislature Party leaders here today.

While the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which leads the LDF, did not convene its state committee meeting, the other constituents held meetings to finalise the names of the ministers.

The CPI(M) would be deciding on the chief ministerial candidate at its State Secretariat and State Committee meetings tomorrow and on May 15 respectively. It is likely that the announcement would be made on May 15.

A New Delhi report said quoting party sources that the CPI(M) Polit Bureau had virtually finalised the name of V S Achuthanandan for the post, subject to approval by the party State Committee.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) the second biggest constituent of the LDF, and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) had their Secretariat meetings today.

Sources said both, the parties had preliminary discussions on the ministerial candidates, besides reviewing the election results.

However, the CPI state secretary Veliyam Bhargavan said the ministers would be decided only after the LDF meeting.

The names of Mr K P Rajendran, Binoy Viswam and C Divakaran from the CPI are doing the rounds for Cabinet berths. It is likely that A A Aziz or N K Premachandran would be the minister from the RSP.

The Janata Dal (S) also had its meeting here. K P Mohanan or V Sreyams Kumar is likely to be accommodated in the ministry.

The Kerala Congress (Joseph), another constituent of the LDF, had elected party chairman P J Joseph as its Legislature Party leader at Kottayam, yesterday.

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