Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 13 (PTI) All four sitting MPs and
party politburo member M A Baby find a place in the list of 15
candidates announced today by CPI-M, heading the opposition
LDF, for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala.
Sitting MPs P Karunakaran (Kasargode), M B Rajesh
(Palakkad) P K Biju (Alathur) and S Sampath (Attingal) have
been renominated, according to the list released here.
Baby, also a former state minister and now an MLA from
Kundara in Kollam, will be taking on RSP's N K Premachandran.
UDF has allocated the Kollam seat to RSP which walked out of
LDF last week.
Another prominent candidate is former state minister and
CPI(M) Central Committee member P K Sreemathy in Kannur.
Former Rajya Sabha member A Vijayaraghavan has been chosen
Springing a surprise, CPI-M also picked five independents
as its candidates. They are film actor Innocent (Chalakudy),
former IAS officer Christy Fernandez (Ernakulam), former
Congress leader Peelipose Thomas (Pathanamthitta), V
Abdulrahman (Ponnani) and Joyes George (Idukki).
The new faces figuring in the list are P K Saniaba
(Malappuram), A N Shamseer (Vatakara) and C B Chandrababu
CPI has alrady announced candidates for four seats allotted
to the party -- Bennet B Abraham (Thiruvananthapuram), C N
Jayadevan (Thrissur), Sathyan Mokeri (Wayanad) and Chengara
Janata Dal (S), which has been alloted Kottayam seat in
LDF, is yet to choose its contestant.