Left Front Trounced Congress in Kerala: BJP Opened Their Account

Kerala Election Results 2016: CPI(M)-led LDF regains power, BJP opens account

 

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Kerala Election Results 2016: CPI(M)-led LDF regained power in Kerala cruising to a comfortable majority by inflicting a massive drubbing to the ruling Congress-headed UDF in the assembly polls which also saw BJP scripting history by opening its account in the state assembly.

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Kerala Election Results 2016: CPI(M)-led LDF regained power in Kerala cruising to a comfortable majority by inflicting a massive drubbing to the ruling Congress-headed UDF in the assembly polls which also saw BJP scripting history by opening its account in the state assembly.

LDF won 91 of the 140 assembly seats at stake.

The result of Wadakkancherry is yet to be declared officially where UDF candidate Anil Akkara has won by a margin of just three votes.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 85 seats on its own and another six by independents fielded by the opposition front.

93-year-old V S Achutanandan, the face of the LDF campaign and CPI(M) polit bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan, Thomas Issac, E P Jayarajan and actor Mukesh are among prominent winners in the LDF.

BJP’s leader and former Union minister O Rajagopal won from Nemom by defeating CPI(M) MLA V Sivankutty by a margin of 8,671 votes.

Though senior BJP leaders like state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and former president V Muraleedharan, were among the prominent losers, the fact that the party managed to break the jinx and enter the assembly for the first time is itself politically significant.

Cricketer Sreesanth failed to impress in his debut outing in the poll and secured only 34,764 votes.

Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) had to bite the dust with a meagre 46 seats. The UDF could manage 12 seats in Malappuram, the stronghold of IUML, a key partner of the Front and also in Ernakulam where it won nine seats.

LDF made massive inroads in Thrissur, Kannur, Kozhikode, Kollam, Alapuzha and Thiruvananthapuram districts by capturing maximum seats. In Thrissur, out of 13 constituencies, all except one went to LDF. In Kollam all 10 seats were won by LDF.

While Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, former Finance minister K M Mani, who had to resign in the backdrop of bar bribery allegations, were among those who survived the LDF onslaught, four of his cabinet colleagues, K Babu, who also was under the cloud of bar scam, Shibu Baby John (RSP), K P Mohanan (JDU), P K Jayalakshmi (Congress) fell by the wayside.

Speaker N Shakthan, Deputy Speaker Palode Ravi and Congress leaders K Sudhakaran, Pandalam Sudhakaran, former minister, Dominic Presentation, Padmaja Venugopal and Shanimol Osman were among the prominent losers in the UDF camp.

 

 

Reacting to the massive defeat, Chandy said the results were a “setback” and UDF would discuss in detail the results of the unexpected rout.

“We did not expect such a defeat. Both party and the front have responsibility in the defeat. I have more responsibility because I am the front chairman,”  he said.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Chief Ministerial aspirant Pinarayi Vijayan said the victory is an acceptance of LDF’s development policies. The result also proved that people had rejected the “communal and divisive” forces. He also alleged that BJP was able to open its account due to Congress’ help.

Achutanandan said the victory of the CPI(M)-led front was a movement against the ‘anti people’ politics of UDF and attributed LDF’s victory to the acceptance of its people oriented policies.

“We are committed to rectify the anti-people policies of the previous UDF government and the LDF administration will be transparent and corruption free,” he said in his Facebook post.

A beaming Party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the verdict is against the “anti-people” polices of the UDF, corruption and communalism.

KPCC President V M Sudheeran said the verdict was a setback and “we humbly accept it”.

The election results also threw up a surprise with the victory of former Kerala Congress(M) rebel leader, P C George who contested independently challenging both the fronts from Poonjar and emerged victorious by over 27,000 votes.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) and LDF workers took out victory rallies at various places.

Shocked Oommen Chandy says results ‘unexpected’

Stunned by the shocking defeat in the Assembly polls, Kerala Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy today said the results were “a setback” and the party and UDF headed by it would discuss in detail the reasons for the “unexpected” rout.

A visibly upset Chandy, however, dismissed suggestions that the UDF decision to field tainted leaders as candidates in the crucial poll was the reason for the Congress-led alliance’s defeat.

The Congress leader said he as the UDF chairman has more responsibility in its defeat in the elections.

“No doubt it is an unexpected verdict. We didn’t expect such a defeat. Both party and the UDF have responsibility in the defeat. I have more responsibility because I am the chairman of the front,” Chandy told reporters.

Asked whether the party’s decision to give tickets to the tainted ministers had backfired, he said “I don’t think so. But we will meet and discuss (the defeat) at party level and UDF level,” he said.

While KPCC Chief V M Sudheeran had opposed candidature of Congress leaders, including Excise Minister K Babu and Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash in the elections on grounds that they faced corruption charges, both Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala had thrown their weight behind their ministerial colleagues.

CPI(M) alliance: LDF win verdict against corruption under UDF

Buoyed by LDF’s massive win in the Kerala Assembly polls, senior leaders of the CPI(M)-led alliance today said the people of the state gave a verdict against corruption under Congress-led UDF rule and “communal politics” practised by BJP-led NDA.

“Congress-led UDF has suffered a huge blow. Congress could win only a few seats. However, its partners — Muslim League and Kerala Congress — did not meet such a fate. It is a verdict against Congress’ policy,” CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.

He said the next LDF government would work for the welfare of the people of the state.

Balakrishnan alleged that Congress helped BJP open its account in Kerala. “They voted for BJP candidate O Rajagopal in Nemom constituency,” the CPI(M) leader said.

Hailing the verdict, Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan said it was a verdict against the UDF government, which blindly followed the “anti-people” policies of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

“It is a verdict against a government which failed to give protection to women in the state,” said Achuthananadan, who retained Malampuzha Assembly seat with a massive margin.

Extending greetings to the people for giving LDF a “spectacular” victory, CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan said the people of Kerala have rejected the politics of communal and divisive forces.

“People of Kerala have approved the developmental policies of LDF,” said Vijayan in his constituency Dharmadom in Kannur district after his thumping victory.

CPI Kerala State Secretary Kanam Rajendran said it was a verdict against corruption under the UDF rule.

People have rejected ‘corrupt’ UDF govt: Karat

CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat today said the “big” win for Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala was due to the people of the state having rejected the “corrupt” United Democratic Front government.

“LDF has registered a big victory in Kerala because the people have endorsed a platform for a corruption-free government. The people have rejected the UDF government, its misrule and corruption,” the former CPI(M) General Secretary said.

Karat said the party’s Kerala unit is likely to meet tomorrow and hold discussions on who will be the next chief minister of the state.

Party veteran V S Achuthanandan and politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, both of whom have won, are in the race for the CM’s post.

Rajagopal scripts history, BJP makes a debut in Kerala

Scripting a new chapter for the BJP in Kerala, party veteran and former union minister O Rajagopal today won from Nemom constituency here to help the party make its debut in the state assembly.

Nemom was one of the segments where the BJP had pinned its hope the most in the present election to open its account in the Assembly.

Rajagopal, who had lost by a narrow margin in previous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, wrested Nemom from sitting MLA and vibrant CPI(M)-LDF leader V Sivankutty defeating him by 8,671 votes

When many of his party colleagues were trailing, Rajagopal, former Union Minister in the A B Vajpayee government, maintained a clear lead since the beginning itself.

The historic victory is a sweet revenge for Rajagopal, as he had lost in the constituency in a photo finish to Sivankutty in the 2011 assembly polls.

Garnering 43,661 votes, he had come second to Sivankutty last time. He had also garnered 50,076 votes in Nemom against Congress’s Shashi Tharoor who got 32,639 in the last Lok Sabha elections.

In the last civic polls, of the total 22 wards in Nemom, BJP and LDF got nine seats each and UDF four.

People Celebrating The Win

Jubliant Left cadres celebrate in Mallapuram. Photo: Abdul Latheef Naha

Jubliant Left cadres celebrate in Mallapuram. Photo: Abdul Latheef Naha

Time to celebrate: LDF workers in Kozhikode

Time to celebrate: LDF workers in Kozhikode

Kerala election results: LDF workers celebrate party's win

Kerala election results: LDF workers celebrate party’s win

In Kerala, BJP has worked really hard for expansion. The efforts have received great success: Amit Shah

In Kerala, BJP has worked really hard for expansion. The efforts have received great success: Amit Shah

Kerala Election Results 2016: Congress today voiced disappointment over election trends in five states as they suggested that the party has lost in Kerala and Assam ruled by it and failed to make a dent in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu despite alliances. (Photo: ANI)

Kerala Election Results 2016: Congress today voiced disappointment over election trends in five states as they suggested that the party has lost in Kerala and Assam ruled by it and failed to make a dent in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu despite alliances. (Photo: ANI)

 

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