This is one election where real issues haven’t found their way on to poll planks. Will supporters of K. Karunakaran and A.K. Antony work against each other? Will the citu try to sabotage the election of cpi(m) politburo member and ldf candidate V.S. Achuthanandan again? Who is sleeping with the bjp this time—the Congress, cpi(m), or both? Will the joker in the pack—the bjp—open its account in the state legislature this time around? Will the central leadership foist its nominee for the CM’s post in the case of the Congress as well as the cpi(m)? These are the hidden, hotly-debated questions.
Public posturing’s another matter. Karunakaran enthusiastically flagged off arch-rival Antony’s campaign in Chertala in Alappuzha district with an assurance to voters that all is well between them. The Left says people can see through such gimmicks and that no one believes Antony and Karunakaran have patched up.