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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses an election rally in Kuthuparamba, Kerala. (ANI Photo)

Sitharaman says people who vote for BJP will face ire of LDF in Kerala

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 07:14 PM IST
  • Sitharaman said that the Left Front parties have threatened anyone who have challenged their ideology. She said BJP voters risk angering the LDF in Kerala.
A worker puts up an election campaign banner of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ahead of the Assembly polls, in Kochi. (PTI Photo)
A worker puts up an election campaign banner of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ahead of the Assembly polls, in Kochi. (PTI Photo)

What makes electoral politics in Kerala unique?

By Roshan Kishore, Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2021 06:32 AM IST
  • Kerala is not the only state where political power changes hands regularly. Tamil Nadu had this tradition for 32 uninterrupted years, until J Jayalalithaa led the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to a consecutive victory in the 2016 elections.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, LDF convener A. Vijayaraghavan, State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac during the release of the LDF manifesto.(PTI)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, LDF convener A. Vijayaraghavan, State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac during the release of the LDF manifesto.(PTI)

LDF releases manifesto for Kerala assembly polls, assures pension to housewives

PTI | , Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 05:58 PM IST
The manifesto was released by CPI (M) state secretary in charge A Vijayaraghavan, CPI Secretary, Kannan Rajendran and other leaders of the Left Democratic Front (LDF), which is seeking a second straight term.
According to people aware of the details, the party won 3.575 million votes in the local body elections, about 17.20% of the total votes counted.. In picture - BJP leader K Surendran.(Twitter)
According to people aware of the details, the party won 3.575 million votes in the local body elections, about 17.20% of the total votes counted.. In picture - BJP leader K Surendran.(Twitter)

BJP banks on local poll gains to make inroads in Kerala

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 07:49 AM IST
Party aims to target the Pinarayi Vijayan govt on the gold smuggling racket and Covid-19 pandemic.
Kerala assembly passed resolution against the three farm laws brought by the Central Government during a one day special session. The assembly will commence again on January 8.(ANI)
Kerala assembly passed resolution against the three farm laws brought by the Central Government during a one day special session. The assembly will commence again on January 8.(ANI)

Kerala assembly session to commence on Friday

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:23 PM IST
The Assembly had recently met for a one-day special session on December 31 and passed a unanimous resolution seeking scrapping of the three contentious farm laws passed by the centre.
During his state-wide tour, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will interact with a cross section of the people and discuss the state’s resource utilization and developmental issues.(PTI PHOTO.)
During his state-wide tour, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will interact with a cross section of the people and discuss the state’s resource utilization and developmental issues.(PTI PHOTO.)

After victory in local civic body polls, ruling CPI (M) eyes assembly election in Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 03:22 PM IST
To set the ball rolling, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will carry out a state-wide tour from next week onwards and meet important personalities, social leaders and religious heads. The party has asked its cadres not to get victory into their heads and utilise the next three months to the maximum to ensure continuance of the government.
Officials count votes during of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Officials count votes during of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Kerala election result: Which party stands where and other key takeaways

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:59 PM IST
The polling, as per strict Covid-19 protocol, was held on 21,893 wards in 1,200 local-self governing bodies and 87 municipalities in Kerala, on December 8, 10 and 14.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Kerala local body elections in Kochi, Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Left Democratic Front (LDF) supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Kerala local body elections in Kochi, Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

LDF sweeps Kerala local body elections

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 03:55 AM IST
The local body elections took place in the backdrop of mounting challenges to the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led government of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose secretary is in jail and a minister has been questioned by law enforcement agencies several times in connection with a gold smuggling racket uncovered in July.
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

‘Humbled,’ tweets Kerala CM after LDF’s emphatic win in local body polls

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Many Congress forts crumbled, BJP remains distant third-runner.
Markings made to ensure social distancing are seen on the floor as women queue up to vote for local body elections in Kochi, Kerala.(AP)
Markings made to ensure social distancing are seen on the floor as women queue up to vote for local body elections in Kochi, Kerala.(AP)

Kerala local body polls: UDF leading in 45 municipality wards

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:40 PM IST
The local body polls in Kerala were held in three phases. The first phase held on December 8 saw a turnout of 72.67% while the second phase held on December 10 saw a turnout of 76.38%. The final phase of the polls recorded a turnout of 78.64%.
The first phase of voting for the three-phased elections to the decentralised tiers of local bodies at the village, block and district levels in Kerala will be conducted by the Kerala State Election Commission on Tuesday.(PTI/ File photo)
The first phase of voting for the three-phased elections to the decentralised tiers of local bodies at the village, block and district levels in Kerala will be conducted by the Kerala State Election Commission on Tuesday.(PTI/ File photo)

Kerala local body elections: 6,910 wards, 395 local bodies, 5 districts in 1st phase polling

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 09:53 AM IST
Here’s all you need to know about the Kerala local body elections 2020
The CPI (M) is observing a shutdown in five villages in Kollam district to protest the killing. (Photo@dpcklmrl)
The CPI (M) is observing a shutdown in five villages in Kollam district to protest the killing. (Photo@dpcklmrl)

CPI(M) worker stabbed to death in Kerala, BJP member arrested

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 03:56 PM IST
Police said CPI(M) worker Manilal, also an owner of a resort, received serious stab wounds and succumbed to his injuries later in the night.
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

Fierce three-cornered contest in Kerala local body polls

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Graft charges overshadow government records, BJP plans Hyderabad model.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)

Kerala CM alleges Congress-led UDF and BJP have ‘secret’ alliance for local body polls

Thiruvananthapuram | By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 09:51 AM IST
Addressing a virtual rally on Saturday in the run-up to local body election in the state, Vijayan said that Left Democratic Front (LDF) will not ally with “communal forces” for few votes.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)

LDF to organise mass protest in Kerala on Wednesday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 07:36 PM IST
The mass gathering will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday at Panchayat-Municipal centres. The protest will be organised using the slogan “Save Kerala, Protect Development”.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)

‘Will hear views of all parties’, says Kerala CM after withholding controversial Police Act amendment ordinance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said on Sunday that the act will in no way be used against free speech or impartial journalism and apprehensions to the contrary are unfounded.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday gave the nod for vigilance to register a case against opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and two former ministers in the previous Oommen Chandy government.(PTI PHOTO.)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday gave the nod for vigilance to register a case against opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and two former ministers in the previous Oommen Chandy government.(PTI PHOTO.)

Kerala govt launches twin attacks against opposition, Centre as probe agencies close in

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:15 PM IST
After the arrests of former party secretary Koderiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri in a narcotics case and the CM’s former secretary M Sivasankar in the gold smuggling case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned another secretary of the chief minister, CM Raveendran.
State Women Commission president MC Josephine said Mullapally Ramachandran’s words were in bad taste and the commission will take action against him. (Photo @INCKerala)
State Women Commission president MC Josephine said Mullapally Ramachandran’s words were in bad taste and the commission will take action against him. (Photo @INCKerala)

‘Woman with self-respect will die if raped’: Kerala Congress chief’s shocker

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 08:25 PM IST
Mullapally Mamachandran made the offensive remarks while he was slamming the LDF for bringing up the solar scam case during the Congress regime to counter the criticism against it in the gold smuggling and drug cases.
The Kerala assembly witnessed violent incidents in March 2015 after opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) legislators prevented then Finance Minister K M Mani from presenting the state budget alleging his role in a bribery case. Angry members snapped mikes, destroyed furniture and damaged lights and two legislators were later hospitalized. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
The Kerala assembly witnessed violent incidents in March 2015 after opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) legislators prevented then Finance Minister K M Mani from presenting the state budget alleging his role in a bribery case. Angry members snapped mikes, destroyed furniture and damaged lights and two legislators were later hospitalized. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)

Two Kerala ministers get bail in five-year old case related to violence in assembly

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 10:17 PM IST
The HC had rejected their plea on Tuesday to stay the case and exempt their personal appearance in court. On October 15, the CJM’s court had ordered the six accused in the case, including the two ministers, to appear before it. Later, both ministers had moved the High Court.
Jose K Mani and his Kerala Congress (Mani) are now part of Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF).(HT PHOTO)
Jose K Mani and his Kerala Congress (Mani) are now part of Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF).(HT PHOTO)

Left is right, says Chief Minister Vijayan after Kerala Congress (Mani) ditches UDF to join LDF

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 02:56 PM IST
Kerala Congress (Mani) chairman Jose K Mani also announced his resignation from the Rajya Sabha.
File photo of Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose K Mani.(PTI)
File photo of Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose K Mani.(PTI)

Kerala Congress (M) faction decides to walk out of UDF, ends decades old ties

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 12:00 PM IST
Announcing the decision, Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose K Mani said at a press conference on Wednesday that the party suffered badly in the UDF camp.
Karat Faisal, an LDF municipal body councillor, is suspected to be the kingpin in the case and invested heavily in the racket and played a major role in distributing smuggled gold to jewellers.(Representative image)
Karat Faisal, an LDF municipal body councillor, is suspected to be the kingpin in the case and invested heavily in the racket and played a major role in distributing smuggled gold to jewellers.(Representative image)

Customs detain LDF leader in Kerala gold smuggling case

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Officials said they came to know about Karat Faisal’s role after sustained interrogation of some of those arrested in the gold smuggling case.
Thomas Chandy. (HT photo)
Thomas Chandy. (HT photo)

Thomas Chandy, Congress leader and former Kerala minister, dies at 72

Kochi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 04:52 PM IST
Chandy, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer for quite some time, died at his home here on Friday afternoon.
Three of the five seats are witnessing a fierce three-cornered contest in Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)
Three of the five seats are witnessing a fierce three-cornered contest in Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)

Bypolls to five crucial assembly seats in Kerala on Monday

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2019 11:30 PM IST
Besides post-flood rehabilitation, the contentious Sabariamala issue, law and order and even the recent cyanide killings were discussed during the high-voltage campaign.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday.(PTI PHOTO.)

In letter to Kerala CM, Rahul Gandhi wants time-bound relief for flood victims

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 07:45 PM IST
After reviewing the post-flood relief and rehabilitation efforts initiated by the CPI (M)-led LDF government in Kerala, the former Congress chief urged Vijayan to ensure time-bound payment of compensations and roll out flood mitigation measures as soon as possible.
Mani C Kappan, the LDF candidate, has won the Pala assembly bypoll in Kerala.(Photo Credit: Mani C Kappen’s Facebook Page)
Mani C Kappan, the LDF candidate, has won the Pala assembly bypoll in Kerala.(Photo Credit: Mani C Kappen’s Facebook Page)

LDF wins Kerala’s Pala seat ending 55-year reign of Congress-led UDF rule

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 04:44 PM IST
Kerala by-poll: Mani C Kappan notched a winning margin of 2,943 votes as he got 54,137 votes and his opponent Jose Tom of the Kerala Congress (Mani) managed 51,195 votes. Kappan is from Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is an ally of the LDF in Kerala.
Mani C Kappen, the LDF candidate, won the Pala assembly bypoll.(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Mani C Kappen, the LDF candidate, won the Pala assembly bypoll.(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

LDF candidate Mani C Kappen wins Kerala’s Pala assembly bypoll

Kottayam | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 02:02 PM IST
Mani C Kappen, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, who was backed by the LDF, defeated Tom Pulikkunel, a faction leader of the Kerala Congress (M) by 2,943 votes to win the byelection to Pala assembly seat in Kerala.
Stakes are high for three major players in Pala. For the ruling front it is an opportunity to avenge the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha poll in which it lost all but one of 20 seats.(HT image)
Stakes are high for three major players in Pala. For the ruling front it is an opportunity to avenge the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha poll in which it lost all but one of 20 seats.(HT image)

Kerala bypoll: Around 72 per cent voting in Pala assembly constituency

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2019 10:38 PM IST
LDF candidate Mani C Kappan, also a former national volleyball player and film producer, said the low-turnout will benefit him.
The by-poll is necessitated following the death of Kerala Congress (Mani) supremo K M Mani who represented the constituency from 1965 and held it till his death in April this year.(HT Photo)
The by-poll is necessitated following the death of Kerala Congress (Mani) supremo K M Mani who represented the constituency from 1965 and held it till his death in April this year.(HT Photo)

Ahead of crucial by-poll, feud in Kerala Congress (M) worries UDF

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 06:47 PM IST
Jose K Mani after the death of his father K M Mani, has anointed himself as the new chairman antagonizing a prominent faction in Kerala Congress (M) led by former minister P J Joseph.
The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government in Kerala on Friday announced a judicial probe into the alleged custodial death of a man in Idukki that sparked outrage in the state.(Getty Images/Vetta)
The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government in Kerala on Friday announced a judicial probe into the alleged custodial death of a man in Idukki that sparked outrage in the state.(Getty Images/Vetta)

After outrage, judicial probe ordered into Kerala custodial death case

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2019 02:08 PM IST
Rajkumar, 49, an accused in a money-laundering case, died in judicial custody two weeks ago and there were attempts to hush up the case as a natural death.
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