The manner of defeat means this election outcome will be more than a lingering pain for both the Congress-led UDF and BJP-led NDA.
I consider this result a strong message to the repressive right-wing forces that have been using false narratives to create public sentiment favourable to them.
The LDF tally, which matches the win of A K Antony-led UDF in 2001, becomes remarkable as it is rare for an incumbent government to retain power by winning more seats than the last time.
The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), a non-profit research organisation, which conducted a post-poll survey across the state has predicted a photo finish in Kerala Assembly polls.
A defeat could prove equally damaging for Pinarayi. Not only will his authority within party circles be undermined, but he may end up bearing the whole burden of beginning of the end of CPM in Kerala.
There is no doubt that a major political experiment in this assembly election was the LDF decision to induct Kerala Congress (M) led by Jose K Mani into the coalition.
Majority of south Kerala will stay with LDF, but a few like Kollam will be a close call, feels party
While all three fronts express confidence of their candidates’ victory, various factors at play make it difficult to predict where the wind has flown
A day after the state exercised its franchise, the three major political fronts are busy calculating all possible permutations and combinations to try and decipher the poll outcome.
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Krishnadas said SDPI, Popular Front and Jammat e Islami that lent support to the CPM and the Congress have now become forces that control the LDF and the UDF.
Despite the scorching heat and Covid threat looming large over the district, residents of Ernakulam turned up to vote in large numbers at many polling booths.
Overall voting percentage in district drops from 79.71 in 2016 to 74.14
Apart from the Malayalis, many Gujaratis, Rajasthani and Kashmiris enthusiastically turned up at various polling booths across the city to exercise their vote at the assembly polls.
Given the pandemic, apart from the 2,736 polling booths, 1,428 additional booths were opened to facilitate the assembly elections this year.