Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Vadakara, Kerala
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 constituency watch of Vadakara, Kerala.Updated: Mar 14, 2019 13:30 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Vadakara is one of the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of Kerala. The Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency is known for its political and communal sensitivity.
After the sitting Congress MP Mullappally Ramachandran was elected to lead the party in the elections, many Congress leaders are vying to get a ticket from this seat. Mullappally Ramachandran has won the Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency twice in a row.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Mullappally Ramachandran had defeated the CPI(M)’s AN Shamseer by a narrow margin of slightly more than 3,000 votes.
The Congress is hoping to cash in on the work done by Ramachandran as sitting MP and return to power, but it will have to contend with Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) joining the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
The once formidable Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP), which was weakened after the brutal murder of its founder leader TP Chandrashekaran in 2012, may be able to swing the constituency in the Congress’s favour as it still holds sway in some pockets of the Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency.
The general elections will be held across India in seven phases beginning April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Here’s all you need to know about the Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Vadakara
Sitting MP, Party: Mullappally Ramachandran, INC
Winning margin in 2014: 3,306
Runner up name, party: Adv AN Shamseer
Number of voters in 2014: 960,264
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 73
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,044
Number of women voters: 521,786
First Published: Mar 14, 2019 10:03 IST