Parties struggle with candidate lists for Assembly polls
Thiruvananthapuram: Even a fortnight after the dates of Kerala assembly elections were notified, neither traditional rivals, LDF and UDF, nor BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have finalised their list of candidates to the 140-member House.While the United Democratic Front (UDF), led by Congress, has always been sluggish in announcing its candidates due to inter-party and intra-party party squabbles over seat allocations, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) tends to act with dispatch.The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and other LDF constituents have had three rounds of talks so far, but have not been able to decide the candidates.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hoping this time to open its account in the Kerala assembly, last Sunday surprised many by releasing the first list of 22 candidates, but then got bogged down.
On Friday, the national leadership of the BJP was unhappy with the state leaders, who were in New Delhi to finalise the seat sharing within NDA, for going public with the list.State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran has sent a \\\'jumbo list\\\' of about 400 probables for 82 seats to its national leadership and now the election committee will do the pruning in the coming week.
This committee has Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former defence minister A.K. Antony, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Sudheeran.\\\"Things would be settled in the coming week,\\\" said Sudheeran.In the LDF, issues have surfaced within the CPI-M, which is a bit surprising.The accepted norm is that the list of candidates is sent from the 14 district committee\\\'s of the CPI-M to the state committee and is given the nod quickly.
It has not happened this time with district committees struggling to finalise their own lists.Angry scenes were witnessed, for instance, on Friday at the Alappuzha district committee meeting with leaders unable to arrive at a consensus on some seats.The LDF, however, is meeting later on Saturday and is expected to finalise and distribute the seats among its constituents.\\\"This time four new \\\'parties\\\' have crossed over to the LDF. So distribution of seats is taking a bit longer, but everything will be resolved soon,\\\" said a top LDF leader who did not wish to be identified.In the BJP, issues have surfaced over seat sharing with its new ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the party recently founded by Vellapally Natesan, a Hindu Ezhava leader and general secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam.
Unbound Delegates Key to 2016
The primaries and caucuses to select the Republican presidential nominee are officially scheduled to end on June 7. That\\\'s a big day when five states vote — California, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico.
But it\\\'s quite possible that no candidate will have amassed enough pledged delegates to ensure a majority at the convention. The magic number needed is 1,237. Donald Trump is the clear front-runner, but he still needs to win more than 50 percent of the remaining delegates to reach that goal.
Most media commentary assumes that if Trump is held below the 1,237 mark, there will be a contested convention in Cleveland. That\\\'s not necessarily the case.After June 7, we will see what I call the primary of the unbound delegates.This primary will be to win the hearts and votes of several hundred delegates who have yet to pledge to any candidates. Unbound delegates at the Republican convention are quite different from the super delegates found among Democrats.
They are delegates selected in a primary or caucus without being pledged to any candidate.For example, on Friday, April 1, North Dakota will hold a caucus to elect 28 delegates. But they will all be selected to serve as free agents representing North Dakota Republicans rather than any particular candidate. An even bigger pool of unbound delegates will be found in Pennsylvania. Fifty-four of the state\\\'s 71 delegates will be elected without any presidential preference.
All told, there will be 166 delegates in this category. But there will almost certainly be more. The same numbers are pledged to support Marco Rubio and there are a handful of others pledged to support people like Jeb Bush or Ben Carson. These will all end up in the unbound category.
Regardless of the precise number, there will be more votes available in the primary of the unbound delegates than in any single state primary. And the campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will be campaigning to win their support one delegate at a time.Some of these unbound candidates will announce their intentions before the convention while some may keep it to themselves. But we will hear constantly updated delegate totals throughout this process.For any of this to matter requires one big assumption-Ted Cruz will have to find a way to beat Donald Trump in the remaining states. Cruz currently trails Trump by 274 delegates.
If he can win just over half of the nearly 1,000 remaining delegates, he will pull to within 200 delegates of Trump\\\'s total heading into the Primary of the Unbound Delegates.
In that scenario, Cruz could enter the convention in first place by winning about two-thirds of the unpledged delegates. Given the nature of those delegates, that\\\'s not an unreasonable goal. Some come from states where Cruz did well. Others were initially pledged to candidates who prefer Cruz over Trump. It\\\'s even possible that the unbound delegates could deliver a first ballot victory to the Texas senator.
Nepal forms committee to probe deadly plane crash landing
Kathmandu: Nepal Saturday formed a four-member committee to probe the crash-landing of a small plane in a remote area that killed both the pilots, a day after the second aviation tragedy hit the country within three days.
The probe committee has been formed under the coordination of Yagya Prasad Gautam, former secretary Ministry of Culture and Tourism, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Other members of the committee include Lt. Rabindra Basnet of Nepal Army, aircraft engineer R K Singh and an under-secretary at the ministry, and has been given 60 days to submit its report into yesterday\\\'s incident.
Two crew members - the pilot and the co-pilot - were killed in far-West Nepal when a Jumla-bound small aircraft of Air Kathmandu, which flew from Pokhara, crash- landed near a mountain in Kalikot district, 650 km west of Kathmandu after its engine was damaged.
Nine passengers, all Nepalese nationals on board, were safe and they were evacuated shortly after the incident.
Meanwhile, four of the injured and the bodies have been airlifted to Kathmandu.
The 10-seater single-engine plane lost contact with the airport tower 11 minutes after take-off following some technical problem and the crew members attempted to land on a field near a mountain, according to initial reports.
\\\"It crashed during an emergency landing,\\\" Sanjiv Gautam, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said.
\\\"The technical glitches are yet to be ascertained,\\\" he was quoted as saying in the local media.
According to Gautam, all single-engine aircraft have been grounded for detailed inspection to prevent further accident.
Yesterday\\\'s incident comes just two days after the crash of Tara Airlines in Myagdi district that killed all 23 people on board including three crew members.
GOP Convention Committee Takes Aim at 8 State Rule That Helps Trump
Four members of the Rules Committee at the Republican National Convention are discussing what to do with a delegate rule that could limit opposition to Donald Trump. The rule requires candidates to win a majority of delegates in eight states to be considered for the GOP presidential nomination. Trump has already reached that threshold. The rule could put Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich out of the running from the start in a brokered convention. On the other hand, dropping the rule could allow another candidate to join the fray, even one who hasn\\\'t competed in the primaries. \\\"I\\\'m not a big fan of that rule,\\\" Rules Committee member David Wheeler told Politico. \\\"The rule was designed to prevent Ron Paul delegates — their votes from being counted. I don\\\'t think it\\\'s necessary to do that this year.\\\"
\\\"We don\\\'t want to give the impression that we are leaning one way or another in support,\\\" said Rules committee member Sandye Kading. \\\"Or trying to hold someone back.\\\" No rules yet exist for the convention at all, reports U.S. News & World Report. The convention spokesman Sean Spicer said the actual responsibility of the committee is to set up rules for the party for the next four years. \\\"It\\\'s like going to a PTA meeting and thinking the primary goal of a PTA meeting is to elect the PTA president,\\\" said Spicer.If Trump has not won the nomination outright by June 7, the Rules Committee will be at the center of the first contested convention since 1976. The committee is still adding members, and must include one man and one woman from every state and U.S. territory, 112 total.
\\\"They ambushed us,\\\" said Gwen Bowen, when discussing the implementation of the rule in 2012 by Mitt Romney supporters. She was on the committee in 2012 and now supports Ted Cruz. All the Rules Committees members interviewed said they would be open to changing or eliminating the rule. \\\"Any proposed change will be viewed as to which candidates would be helped and which candidates would be hurt,\\\" said Morton Blackwell, who has attended every Republican national committee since 1964. \\\"It would be widely and correctly viewed as that outrageous power grab.\\\"\\\"Right now, I don\\\'t want the scandal,\\\" said Blackwell. \\\"I\\\'m sure that Mr. Trump would rail against it,\\\" added Wheeler.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.