LDF Sweeps Kerala, BJP Opens Account In Assembly Elections
 

 

LDF Sweeps Kerala, BJP Opens Account In Assembly Elections

New Delhi,19May,2016:The unfailing pendulum-like swing of Kerala politics has delivered the state to the Left-led Left Democratic Front, or LDF, unseating the Congress-led United Democratic Front, or UDF. The LDF won 91 seats -- an upward swing of 24 seats -- to the UDF's 47.But the LDF's celebrations was marred by violence in Kannur, where suspected BJP men clashed with LDF supporters out on a victory march. A CPM supporter died as a country-made bomb was thrown.In a surprise twist, the BJP made a debut in the state, winning from Nemom, a suburb of state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The BJP candidate was 86-year-old former Union minister O Rajagopal, who won by over 8,000 votes. For the LDF, which won on 68 seats in 2011, the results meant a sweep - the state assembly has 140 seats.VS Achuthanandan -- who with his enduring mass appeal was earlier seen as the alliance's prospective Chief Ministerial candidate -- said the election showed a "wave in favour of the LDF". The balance has for the top job, however, appears to have swung towards 72-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan, the secretary of the party's state unit, sources said. The CPM has not made a formal announcement yet.Senior CPM leader and party general secretary said, "It is clear that the LDF has crossed the 90 mark and that is a very, very big victory. We salute the people of Kerala for the faith they have reposed in us. We will fulfill the promises we have made.""This is a vote against the corrupt and those who failed to protect the dignity of women," added Mr Achuthanandan, who had crafted the Left's campaign along with Mr Vijayan.Congress chief Minister Oommen Chandy has been hit by a series of corruption scandals involving some of his top aides and ministers. There has also been a barrage of criticism following a spate of crime against women, especially the horrific rape, torture and murder of a Dalit student.


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