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Rajya Sabha elections: IUML nominates SC lawyer Haris Beeran, CPI(M) succumbs to coalition partners' pressure

The Supreme Court lawyer is currently serving as Delhi unit president of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, an expatriates' forum of the IUML.
Last Updated : 10 June 2024, 09:52 IST
Last Updated : 10 June 2024, 09:52 IST

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Thiruvananthapuram: While the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has nominated Supreme Court lawyer Haris Beeran as candidate for Rajya Sabha polls, the CPI(M) has succumbed to the pressure by coalition partners and decided to give the seats to CPI and Kerala Congress (M).

CPI decided to nominate party assistant secretary P P Suneer, while Kerala Congress (M) chairman Jose K Mani is likely to go for another term.

RS terms of CPM's Elamaram Kareem, CPI state secretary Binoy Viswom and Jose K Mani are ending on July 1.

In the present context Congress-led UDF could win one and LDF two. 

Congress had earlier assured to give the seat to the IUML as part of a settlement for IUML's demand for contesting from a third Lok Sabha seat in Kerala.

IUML leadership on Monday announced the name of Beeran. Beeran is now serving as Delhi unit president of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, an expatriates' forum of the IUML.

Meanwhile, a tug of war was going on in the LDF for the two Rajya Sabha seats that the LDF could win. While CPI(M) was planning to take one seat, CPI, Kerala Congress (M) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) staked claims for the other seat.

After several rounds of bilateral talks, the LDF leadership decided to give the seats to CPI and KC(M). RJD was learnt to have registered strong protest.

The CPI(M) was forced to succumb to the strong demand by CPI and KC(M). The adverse outcome of the Lok Sabha election too seemed to have forced the CPI(M) to compromise its stand in order to keep the coalition partners happy. Already there were open moves by Congress camps to woo KC(M) back to the UDF. KC(M) former MP Thomas Chazhikkadan got defeated in this election and hence the party was not having representation in the Lok Sabha.

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Published 10 June 2024, 09:52 IST

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