Updated: May 2, 2021 5:26:37 pm
The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF is set for a historic return to power, trends from the Election Commission at 5 pm show. Out of the 140 Assembly seats, the LDF is currently leading in 99 seats out of which it has won many. The Opposition UDF, which won 47 seats, is down by six seats. The BJP, which had one seat in the outgoing Assembly, is not likely to have an MLA in the Assembly.
By getting re-elected, the LDF is all set to make history by becoming the first state government in Kerala in the last 40 years to buck the trend of the state unseating an incumbent government in every five years. In the assembly elections in 2016, the LDF had bagged 91 seats
A party-wise trend shows the CPI (M) was leading in 57 seats, the CPI in 16, the Congress in 24 and the IUML in 17. The CPI (M) has gained a clear upper hand in North Kerala’s Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode and Palakkad districts. In Thrissur, LDF is leading in all 13 constituencies.
The CPI(M) seemed to make gains in Central Kerala, particularly in Kottayam district, where the party is heavily banking upon its new ally Kerala Congress (M), which had been a long-standing ally of the Congress.
However, KC(M) chairman Jose K Mani was defeated by his UDF rival Mani C Kappan in Pala, when KC (M) was leading in many constituencies in Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts.
Except for J Mercykutty Amma, who is trailing in Kundara, all the ministers in the outgoing cabinet who contested elections are set for victory. In particular, Health Minister KK Shailaja is reported to have won from Mattannur by over 60,000 votes, possibly the highest margin in this election.
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