Kerala Elections highlights: LDF under Pinarayi Vijayan set to return to power
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Kerala Election Results 2021 LIVE Updates: The ruling Communist Party of India (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) is set to retain power in Kerala winning 98 out of the 140 seats in the assembly. The United Democratic Front (UDF) currently has 40 while the NDA has not made any gain in the seats, according to Election Commission's website.
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Bucking the four-decade-old electoral trend of the state that usually votes against the incumbent government, Kerala voted for the Left parties once again with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the helm. Various pre-poll and post-poll surveys had predicted victory for the ruling alliance. Kerala CM Vijayan thanked the people of the state, saying, "Kerala has given a verdict in favor of the LDF. But this is not the time to celebrate with great joy as Covid-19 continues to spread in the state. This is the time to continue the fight against Covid-19."
The voting for the assembly election was held on April 6. As many as 2.74 crore voters exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 957 candidates.
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MAY 02, 2021 08:30 PM IST
LDF set to win in 99 seats, UDF in 41
The present seat position in Kerala stands at 99 for LDF and 41 for UDF.
MAY 02, 2021 06:58 PM IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Pinarayi Vijayan on poll victory
MAY 02, 2021 06:29 PM IST
Snapshot: 5 major losers in Kerala assembly elections 2021
- Metro Man E Sreedharan of BJP
- Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan (BJP)
- Cine actor and RS MP Suresh Gopi (BJP)
- J Mercykutty Amma, fisheries minister in Pinarayi cabinet
- K Surendran, BJP state president. He contested in 2 seats, lost both
MAY 02, 2021 05:44 PM IST
'Historic win': CM Vijayan thanks people of Kerala
"It is a historic win. We are indebted to people. This victory will empower us to take more people friendly measures," Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.
MAY 02, 2021 05:42 PM IST
'Time to fight against Covid-19 ': CM Vijayan as LDF set to return to power
"Kerala has given a verdict in favor of the LDF. But this is not the time to celebrate with great joy as Covid-19 continues to spread in the state. This is the time to continue the fight against Covid-19," Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.
MAY 02, 2021 05:36 PM IST
Snapshot: 5 major winners in Kerala assembly elections 2021
- Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan
- State health minister K K Shailaja
- Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala
- Former CM Oommen Chandy
- K K Rema, widow of Marxist renegade T P Chandrasekharan
MAY 02, 2021 05:33 PM IST
Thank people of Kerala for reposing faith in LDF govt: Sitaram Yechury
In a video message shared on Sunday CPI(M)'s general secretary Sitaram Yechury thanked the electorate of Kerala for showing confidence in the party and vowed that the Left party will continue to fight the challenges faced by people. "I thank the people of Kerala for reposing faith in an unprecedented manner in the way that the previous LDF government tackled all the challenges that the people have faced and also the pandemic scourge. The government gave a Kerala model to the world on how to handle the pandemic," he said.
MAY 02, 2021 05:31 PM IST
Kerala health minister KK Shailaja thanks people of Kerala
"It was out development related actives and the way we tackled situations like Nipah, floods and Covid-19 also helped us to win the elections. We are thankful the people of Kerala and we will continue to work for the people, said Kerala Health Minister and CPI(M) leader KK Shailaja after winning by a majority of over 61,000 votes from Mattannur constituency.
MAY 02, 2021 04:53 PM IST
Why such massive mandate was given to LDF, should be studied: Mullappally Ramchandran
Kerala Congress president Mullappally Ramchandran says the mandate should be studies "carefully." "This government is known for its corrupt practices. I don't understand why such a massive mandate was given to the existing chief minister in this election," ANI quoted him as saying.
MAY 02, 2021 04:45 PM IST
Shashi Tharoor wishes Pinarayi Vijayan for his 'remarkable re-election'
MAY 02, 2021 04:36 PM IST
Created history by winning re-election: Prakash Karat
"I extend greetings to the people of Kerala who have created history by electing LDF government once again to power," says former general secretary of CPI (M) Prakash Karat.
MAY 02, 2021 04:30 PM IST
EC announces final results for six seats
CPI-M candidates bag Chelakkara, Devikulam and Dharmadam. While Kozhikode South iswon by Indian National League's candidate, Ahammad Devarkovil. He defeated Noorbeena Rasheed by 6327 votes. Piravom goes Kerala Congress (Jacob) as candidate Anoop Jacob defeats Dr Sindhumol Jacob of Kerala Congress (M) by 6195 votes.
KK Rema of Revolutionary Marxist Party of India defeats Loktantrik Janata Dal candidate Manayath Chandran by 9511 votes in In Vadakar.
MAY 02, 2021 04:18 PM IST
CPI-M bags three seats
Communist Party of India (Marxist) bags three seats, according to the officials results on the Election Commission's site.
MAY 02, 2021 04:15 PM IST
Pinarayi Vijayan to hold address press at 5:30pm
As Pinarayi Vijayan led LDF heads for historic victory, he will address a press conference today at 5:30pm, announced chief minister's office.
MAY 02, 2021 04:13 PM IST
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala concedes defeat
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala concedes defeat as LDF prepares for a comeback. He said the party accepts the verdict humbly and inquire reasons that led to defeat. "We never expected such an outcome. But we accept it with all humility" Chennithala said in Harippad, his constituency.
MAY 02, 2021 04:09 PM IST
BJP's Rajnath Singh congratulates Kerala CM Pinarayi VIjayan
MAY 02, 2021 03:49 PM IST
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan sweeps Dharmadam
Congress' Ommen Chandy, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala emerged victorious in their own respective seats. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan sweeps Dharmadam.
MAY 02, 2021 03:47 PM IST
Palakkad goes to Congress, Metro Man defeated
Metro Man defeated in Palakkad. Sitting legislator Shafi Parambhi defeated E Sreedharan by over 3000 votes.
MAY 02, 2021 03:34 PM IST
CPI-M wins one seat in Kerala
According to official figures by the Election Commission, Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate KK Ramachandran wins Puthukkad. He defeated Sunil Anthikkad of Congress and won 71250
MAY 02, 2021 03:16 PM IST
LDF extends lead to 98 seats
LDF extends ist lead to 98 seats now. UDF is leading in 42.
MAY 02, 2021 02:20 PM IST
E Sreedharan trails in Palakkad
Metro Man E Sreedharan trails in Palakkad. He is trailing by over 1000 votes aginst sitting legislator Shafi Parambhil of the Congress.
MAY 02, 2021 01:50 PM IST
Voters appreciated pro-people development in Kerala: CPI-M leader
As LDF inches towards victory, CPI-M's Prakash Karat says, "This is a significant victory as in past 40 yrs no govt re-elected for a second successive term. This shows people of Kerala have appreciated performance of Pinarayi Vijayan government, the way it tackled floods, Covid and pro-people development," ANI reported.
MAY 02, 2021 01:12 PM IST
Ruling LDF continues to maintain lead in Kerala
As per trends available at around 12:30pn, the LDF may retain power with between 85 and 95 seats, a repeat of the 2016 assembly elections. If that happens, the victory will mark the first time any coalition will form its government for the second time in over four decades of time.
MAY 02, 2021 01:06 PM IST
BJP's Sobha Surendran trails in Kazahakkoottam
In Kazahakkoottam, CPI (M) candidate Kadakampally Surendran secures a lead with 15165 votes. He if followed by BJP's Sobha Surendran. Congress' SS Lal is trailing with 7114 votes.
MAY 02, 2021 12:46 PM IST
LDF secures lead on 92 seats
The LDF secures lead on 92 seats, according to the latest trends. UDF trails with 47 and NDA leads on 2 seats.
MAY 02, 2021 12:30 PM IST
Trends for all 140 seats out! Ruling LDF in lead
MAY 02, 2021 12:10 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan watches election trends with his party members
MAY 02, 2021 12:06 PM IST
T K Ramakrishnan takes lead in Peramabra
In Peramabra, labour minister T K Ramakrishnan is leading with 43201 votes. Mani C Kappan of Kerala Congress (M) is leading in Pala.
MAY 02, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Iduki sees lead of power minister MM Mani
In Idukki, power minister MM Mani leads with a comfortable margin of over 20,000 votes.
MAY 02, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Suresh Gopi leads from Thrissur constituency
BJP's Suresh Gopi leads from Thrissur constituency. CPI's P Balachandran follows with 15811.
MAY 02, 2021 11:17 AM IST
Early trends for 138 seats are out!
MAY 02, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Key constituencies trends in Kerala
Nemom: BJP's Kummanam leads with 6957 votes
Pala: Independent candidate Mani C Kappen leads with 20721 votes
Konni: CPI (M) leader KU Jenish Kumar leads with 218022 votes
Devukulam: CPI (M) candidate A Raja leads with 34969 votes
Kongad: CPI(M) leader Samnthakumari K leads with 19327 votes
MAY 02, 2021 11:05 AM IST
E Sreedharan leads in Palakkad
In Palakkad, BJP's E Sreedharan is leading with 10055 votes. Congress, CPI (M) candidates trail.
MAY 02, 2021 10:55 AM IST
Pinarayi Vijayan leads in Dharmadam
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan leads in Dharmadam, according to the Election Commission's figures. Congress' C. Raghunathan is behind VIjayan with 10858 votes.
MAY 02, 2021 10:46 AM IST
Left appears set for an electoral lifeline in Kerala
If the LDF eventually wins this election, it will break a 40-year-old tradition in the state of switching parties and alliances in power after every five years. Read More
MAY 02, 2021 10:43 AM IST
Official trends for 116 seats in Kerala by EC
MAY 02, 2021 10:08 AM IST
LDF leading above the halfway mark
Early trends show LDF is leading above the halfway mark in Kerala. According to latest trends, LDF has established a clear lead of 90 seats. Opposition UDF is leading on 48 and NDA two. The second round of voting has concluded.
MAY 02, 2021 09:42 AM IST
CPI(M) lead rises to 15
CPI(M) lead rises to 15, according to the Election Commission's website. Congress is leading on 7 while CPI is leading on 4, official figures from EC shows.
MAY 02, 2021 09:37 AM IST
Ruling CPI(M) leading on 10 seats: EC
The EC figures show lead of Communist Party of India (Marxist) on 10 seats. COngress is leading in six, CPI 2. Kerala Congress (M), Loktantrik Janta Dal, Revolutionary Marxist Party of India and Indendent are leading on one seat respectively.
MAY 02, 2021 09:21 AM IST
EC shows lead of Congress on 3 seats
Official trends by the Election Commission shows lead for Congress on 3 seats, CPI(M) leading on 1.
MAY 02, 2021 09:08 AM IST
First round of voting concludes in Kerala, LDF leads in 80 seats
First round of voting concluded in Kerala and as per early trends LDF is leading in 80 seats, UDF 57 and NDA 3.
MAY 02, 2021 08:58 AM IST
Metro Man E Sreedharan leads in Palakkad
As per intial trend, Metro Man E Sreedharan leads in Palakkad with 1000 votes. Widow of late Marxist renegade K Rema establishes clear lead in Vadakara.
MAY 02, 2021 08:50 AM IST
LDF leads in 50 seats; EVM counting begins
After postal votes, EVMs counting begin. Initial trends show ruling LDF is leading in 50 seats, UDF 36 and NDA 2.
MAY 02, 2021 08:42 AM IST
'Victories are pyrrhic,' tweets Congress' Kapil Sibal
MAY 02, 2021 08:28 AM IST
Counting of postal ballots is underway in Idukki
MAY 02, 2021 08:15 AM IST
Early leads show LDF ahead in five seats
First postal ballots are being counted first in Kerala and early counting show LDF is ahead in five seats. UDF is leading in three.
MAY 02, 2021 08:03 AM IST
Counting begins in Kerala
Counting began in Kerala as fate of 957 candidates including chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is in the fray. Postal ballots to be counted first and at around 8:30am EVM votes will be counted.
MAY 02, 2021 07:57 AM IST
Strong rooms opened in Malappuram
MAY 02, 2021 07:52 AM IST
Congress' Oommen Chandy offers prayers at Puthuppally Church
Congress leader and former chief minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy offers prayers at Puthuppally Church. He is contesting the elections from Puthuppally Assembly constituency.
MAY 02, 2021 07:42 AM IST
What exit polls says?
India Today-Axis My India has projected 104-120 seats for incumbent LDF as against 20-36 seats for UDF. It has projected 0-2 for National Democratic Alliance.
MAY 02, 2021 07:22 AM IST
Counting of votes to begin soon in Kerala
MAY 02, 2021 07:07 AM IST
Congress withdraws from television debates
In view of the escalating coronavirus situation, Congress decides to skip debates on news channels after the polls results are out. "We shall remain available for any comment that media friends want. We may win, we may lose, but at a time when people are looking for oxygen, beds, medicines, ventilators; our duty tells us to stand by them, work with them to heal and help. In solidarity with India," party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.
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- The victory in Kerala is the most significant electoral gain for the Left since it lost Bengal in 2011
- The ruling LDF is leading in 98 seats out of 140 seats. Congress-led UDF is leading in 42 seats while the BJP is not leading in any constituency, election officials familiar with the developments told HT.
- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance has so far secured the lead on three seats.
- The counting is taking place amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic and Kerala is among the top states that are reporting the surge in Covid-19 cases.