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Two LDF candidates, one UDF candidate elected unopposed to RS

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Two ruling LDF candidates and one from the opposition UDF were elected unopposed to the from for the biennial to the Upper house.

Elamaram Kareem of CPI(M), Binoy Viswam of CPI, both from ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and of Congress, nominee of Congress-led UDF, were declared elected today, on the last day for withdrawal of for the polls scheduled for June 21.

They were declared elected and issued certificates, official sources said.

The election was necessitated as the terms of senior leader and Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, C P Narayanan (CPI(M)) and (Congress) end on July 1.

Mani, son of KC-M supremo K M Mani, is currently the party's lone member in the Lok Sabha.

Decision of the to forgo its claim to the RS seat and support KC-M candidate to pave way for it (KC-M) to return to UDF after a gap of two years, had raised rumblings in the main opposition party.

The state leadership had come under severe criticism from Kurien, former KPCC chief V M Sudheeran and some sitting MLAs for the decision to not field its candidate and back the KC-M nominee.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:45 IST