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Kerala election results 2019 highlights: UDF wins 19 out of 20 seats, worst results for LDF in 3 decades

Kerala Lok Sabha election results 2019 live news updates: The Congress-led UDF has raced to the finish line, winning 19 of the 20 seats in Kerala.

Written by Vishnu Varma | Kochi |
Updated: July 4, 2020 12:43:06 pm
Kerala election result 2019 live updates: In polling conducted on April 23, 77.68% of the state’s voters went to the ballot.

Kerala election results 2019 highlights: The picture is clear in Kerala. The Congress-led UDF coalition has registered a remarkable victory with wins in 19 out of the 20 parliamentary constituencies. Party president Rahul Gandhi had a lead of over 4 lakh votes in Wayanad in the final rounds of counting, though he was defeated in his family’s pocketborough seat of Amethi. The UDF has also retained all it’s sitting MP seats like Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Mavelikkara.

For the CPM-led LDF, the results are harrowing. The coalition won the lone seat of Alappuzha, where AM Arif triumphed over Shanimol Usman. It has suffered massive defeats in traditional bastions like Palakkad, Alathur, Kannur and Attingal. In the 2014 polls, the LDF had secured wins in eight constituencies.

Once again, Kerala’s political waters have proved to be unsuitable for the BJP brand of politics. Even as the saffron party registered thumping victories in the country’s north, west and east regions, it has still not been able to secure it’s first Lok Sabha win in Kerala. Despite the agitation over Sabarimala and the popularity of prime minister Narendra Modi, the BJP has hit a dead-end here. It’s candidate is set for second position in Thiruvananthapuram and third position in all other seats.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the UDF and the LDF had shared the spoils in the state, winning 12 and eight seats respectively and extending the BJP’s electoral drought in Kerala.

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Kerala Lok Sabha election result 2019 highlights: The LDF has been restricted to just one seat in Kerala as UDF sweeps the southern state.

21:12 (IST)23 May 2019
So that's a wrap! Final numbers below

The picture in Kerala is clear: UDF has won 19 seats leaving 1 seat for the LDF. The BJP once again has failed to win a single seat.

It's a wrap from our side. Thanks for staying with us through results day. On indianexpress.com, there are detailed explainers on the Kerala results that you don't want to miss. 

19:39 (IST)23 May 2019
Shashi Tharoor's lead crosses 1 lakh votes

His lead a fragile 15,000 votes last time, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has extended it this time to a fantastic 1 lakh votes in Thiruvananthapuram. BJP nominee Kummanam Rajasekharan comes second.

19:21 (IST)23 May 2019
So, who are the next elected MPs from Kerala?

Kasaragod - Rahmohan Unnithan (UDF)

Kannur - K Sudhakaran (UDF)

Wayanad - Rahul Gandhi (UDF)

Malappuram - PK Kunhalikutty (UDF)

Ponnani - ET Muhammad Basheer (UDF)

Kozhikode - MK Raghavan (UDF)

Vadakara - K Muraleedharan (UDF)

Palakkad - VK Sreekandan (UDF)

Alathur - Remya Haridas (UDF)

Thrissur - TN Prathapa (UDF)

Chalakkudy - Benny Behanan (UDF)

Ernakulam - Hibi Eden (UDF)

Alappuzha - AM Arif (LDF)

Kottayam - Thomas Chazhikadan (UDF)

Idukki - Dean Kuriakose (UDF)

Pathanamthitta - Anto Antony (UDF)

Mavelikkara - Kodikunnil Suresh (UDF)

Kollam - NK Premachandran (UDF)

Attingal - Adoor Prakash (UDF)

Thiruvananthapuram - Shashi Tharoor (UDF)

19:01 (IST)23 May 2019
Alappuzha, the saving grace for the Left in Kerala

AM Arif, the popular CPM MLA from Aroor, has battled extreme odds and a UDF wave to win the prestigious Alappuzha constituency, a seat which has been with the Congress for the last ten years. Even as the party lost traditional bastions, where it would have predicted better results, Alappuzha has been a saving grace. He has defeated Shanimol Usman, a senior woman leader of the Congress.

17:12 (IST)23 May 2019
4,00,000 - That's the lead of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad

When 93.22% of votes were counted in Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi's lead has crossed 4 lakh votes. His CPI rival, PP Suneer, has 2,55,031 votes with Gandhi securing 6,58,043 votes.

By the way, he's set for a humiliating defeat in Amethi against Smriti Irani of the BJP.

16:54 (IST)23 May 2019
Congress candidates triumph in Thrissur and Idukki seats
16:38 (IST)23 May 2019
In the end, CPM holds on to just one seat

What a fall this has been for the CPM. From winning 7 seats in Kerala in 2014, CPM is now down to just one seat - Alappuzha where it's candidate AM Arif is holding onto a fragile lead of 8500+ votes. 

The Left parties have suffered a troubling rout in many of it's traditional bastions like Palakkad, Kannur, Attingal, Kasaragod and Alathur. It's popular sitting MPs like MB Rajesh, A Sampath and PK Sreemathy have lost from their respective constituencies. 

15:48 (IST)23 May 2019
Pinarayi Vijayan must resign today: Ramesh Chennithala

Ramesh Chennithala, the Leader of Opposition, demanded Pinarayi Vijayan's resignation after the LDF rout across the state. He asked the chief minister to meet the governor and hand over his resignation.

15:34 (IST)23 May 2019
Results are shocking: Veteran CPM leader VS Achuthanandan

Former chief minister and veteran CPM leader VS Achuthanandan remarked that the election results are 'shocking'. "It's similar to making a thief stand guard," he wrote on Facebook. He added that it is heartening that the people of Kerala have shut the doors on the BJP.

15:12 (IST)23 May 2019
I scored a century, but team lost: Shashi Tharoor
15:00 (IST)23 May 2019
Rahul has the biggest lead in Wayanad!

That's right. Across Kerala, Rahul Gandhi, who was expected to win from Wayanad, has a lead of 3.30 lakh votes with 77% of the polling booths counted. He has so far won 544,514 votes. This is the biggest lead of any UDF candidate across the state.

In Malappuram, PK Kunhalikutty comes second with a lead of 2.44 lakh votes followed by Dean Kuriakose with 171,050 votes in Idukki.

14:01 (IST)23 May 2019
Was CPM hit by Sabarimala backlash?

That seems to be the big question doing the rounds as results in Kerala indicate the Congress-led UDF is expected to make a sweep of the state winning 19 out of 20 seats. The Congress, which took a position in favour of sentiments of believers who opposed the entry of women at Sabarimala, seems to have done really well, especially in seats like Trivandrum, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur. The BJP, which ran a strident campaign on the Sabarimala agenda, has failed to capitalise as well. It's candidates are trailing in all 20 seats. 

For CM Pinarai Vijayan, this result would be extremely embarrassing. Back from his European tour last week, the chief minister had expressed hope that the Left coalition would do very well in the polls. But even in it's own traditional bastions like Alathur, Kannur and Attingal, it has lost the plot.

13:25 (IST)23 May 2019
Did you think Thiruvananthapuram will be a cliff-hanger?

It doesn't look like it at all, going by present trends. OVer 50% of the polling booths in Thiruvananthapuram have been counted so far and Shashi Tharoor of the Congress has a massive lead of 21,000 votes over Kummanam Rajasekharan of the BJP. The BJP candidate has narrow leads in three out of the seven Assembly segments. Last time in 2014, it had good leads in four out of seven segments.

13:11 (IST)23 May 2019
UDF: 19, LDF: 1, NDA:0

These are the present positions of the three main coalitions in Kerala, according to EC trends at 1:10 pm. 

If these trends continue, this result will be the exact opposite of the 2004 Lok Sabha results when the LDF swept the state winning 19 seats leaving the UDF in just  one seat. 

12:02 (IST)23 May 2019
Looking at some of the constituency-wise trends again.

Wayanad - Rahul Gandhi (UDF) leading by 1.41 lakh votes.

Kannur - K Sudhakaran (UDF) leading by 30,000 votes

Vadakara - K Muraleedharan (UDF) leading by 26,000 votes

Thiruvananthapuram - Shashi Tharoor (UDF) leading by 11,000 votes

Ernakulam - Hibi Eden (UDF) leading by 47,000 votes

Pathanamthitta - Anto Antony (UDF) leading by 30,000 votes

11:41 (IST)23 May 2019
In Alathur, Remya Haridas of the Congress is dancing away to victory

Alathur, the CPM stronghold in Malabar, was always a safe seat for the party. But trends at 11:35 am show the young Congress candidate, Remya Haridas, is dancing away with a solid lead of 60,000 votes at 11:35 am according to EC. Remember, this is a constituency where the CPM holds six out of seven Assembly segments. A defeat here will be tragic for the Left.

11:33 (IST)23 May 2019
Will it be 20-20 for UDF?

Congress state president Mullappally Ramachandran has throughout said that it will be a '20-20' performance of the party in Kerala. It sure seems to be like that. At 11:30 am, the Congress-led UDF is leading in 20 out of 20 seats in the state. 

Close contests are taking place in Alappuzha and Kasaragod where the leads are tumbling between the CPM and the Congress.

10:45 (IST)23 May 2019
Rahul Gandhi surges ahead in Wayanad, lead crosses 1,00,000

Congress President Rahul Gandhi leads the UDF charge in hilly district of Wayanad. He is leading by over 1,02,375 votes over his nearest rival PP Suneer of the CPI. NDA's Thushar Vellapally trails at the third place.

10:34 (IST)23 May 2019
In CPM stronghold Palakkad, Congress is walking away with huge lead

MB Rajesh, the sitting CPM MP from Palakkad, was set to be re-elected again, according to most exit polls. But now, it seems like he's losing out to the Congress candidate VK Sreekandan by  a huge margin. At 10:35 am, Rajesh was trailing by 27,000 votes.

10:28 (IST)23 May 2019
Alappuzha, the only hope for LDF in Kerala

The coastal tourist destination of Alappuzha, home to verdant backwaters and houseboats, is the only saving grace for the CPM in Kerala. There, AM Arif of the CPM is leading by a slender margin of 1639 votes over Congress candidate Shanimol Usman. 

In the run up to the parliamentary elections, some of the issues that defined the election campaign in the state were the impact of the 2018 floods, the sentiments in the majority Hindu community with regard to the agitation at the Sabarimala temple, the string of political killings in the Malabar region, high unemployment and joblessness particularly among the youth and the economic collapse in the state post demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST).

This year, exit poll findings released on Sunday have predicted a near-sweep for the UDF winning up to 16 out of 20 seats. Seven out of eight exit polls projected the LDF, which rules the state, to get anywhere between four and eight seats. The same projections say the BJP could finally open it's account in Kerala by winning the Thiruvananthapuram seat.

While the majority of the state's 20 constituencies will see pitched bipolar contests between the LDF and the UDF, the BJP has forced fights in half a dozen seats into thrilling three-cornered affairs. The saffron party has high stakes particularly in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kasaragod seats. In Thiruvananthapuram, sitting Congress MP Shashi Tharoor squares off against former Mizoram governor and BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI MLA C Divakaran. The spotlight will also be on Wayanad, the picturesque constituency in Malabar region from where Congress president Rahul Gandhi will try his luck, apart from his traditional family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

Ernakulam, in central Kerala, is another high-profile seat where the LDF is pinning it's hopes on popular leader and former Rajya Sabha MP P Rajeev. Rajeev is up against young turk of the Congress Hibi Eden and union minister and the BJP's Christian face, Alphons Kannanthanam.

In Pathanamthitta constituency, home to Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple, the BJP put up it's star candidate K Surendran, who languished in jail for weeks for his involvement in the temple agitation. He is locked in a tight contest with Veena George of the LDF and sitting Congress MP Anto Antony.

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