In contrast, the Congress’ United Democratic Front (udf) bandwagon is on creaky wheels. For one, it will need the high command to intervene in the conflict among faction leaders K. Karunakaran and A.K. Antony. As a quid pro quo to allow Antony to be projected as CM, Karunakaran wants his daughter to get a constituency of her choice and/or his son to be nominated as the next kpcc chief.
The Left admits it has lost a bit of lustre as it has failed to project its achievements. It’s not ready to discount the gains from the People’s Plan, the development model based on decentralised planning. Ironically, the Left lost the panchayat election in those constituencies that were touted as showcases of the new model. Indeed, the state’s profile indicates that both fronts rely on rigid vote blocs. It’s the uncommitted sections, such as the urban middle class, that often clinches the issue in crucial contests. That’s precisely why a nervous ldf has been calling for increased privatisation of education.