Kerala Assembly election result highlights: Latest trends available from the Election Commission show that the CPM-led LDF will buck the trend of incumbent governments not getting re-elected in the last four decades in the state. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the LDF is expected to finish between 95 and 100 seats, eclipsing its 2016 tally of 91 seats.
The Congress-led UDF, which had seen a glimpse of the mood of the voters during the local body elections last year, will once again have to play the role of the opposition in the next five years. It is expected to get somewhere between 40 and 45 seats.
The BJP, which had opened its account in the state last time with one seat and had expected to win at least half a dozen seats, is staring at a drought. Senior leaders like Kummanam Rajasekharan, K Surendran, Sobha Surendran and E Sreedharan were all trailing in their respective seats at 4: 45 pm.
Exit polls of local and national television networks had predicted unanimously last week that the LDF will be re-elected with varying degrees of margins.