THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The three candidates for the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency that witnessed a three-cornered fight would be keeping their fingers crossed on D-day, as it will be a close finish. The result will be interesting because it will also reveal the political nature of constituency, and as the outcome of the poll was tough even for the political pundits to predict.
When BJP is claiming that it will be able to wrest the seat from Shashi Tharoor, the UDF’s sitting MP, thereby making history for the BJP in Kerala, the Congress camp is hopeful of retaining the seat.
The Congress camp itself says that the margin, if Tharoor emerges the winner, would be 20,000-odd votes. But the BJP doesn’t buy the claim of the UDF camp and is confident that the constituency will give a chance to O Rajagopal this time around.
The Left, on the other hand, rules out the claims of both the fronts and is of the view that its big experiment to field Bennet Abraham, a new face for the Left workers as well as the public in general, will pay dividends. It calculates that the Nadar votes, along with the traditional party votes, will see Abraham win the seat safely.
All the three candidates will be reaching their respective party offices by around 9.30 am on the counting day on Friday, when a trend of the voting and the lead is expected to become evident.