Kerala Assembly Election 2021, Kollam Profile: Congress fields Bindhu Krishna with aim to end 15-year dry spell
CPM has fielded Mukesh again to defend the seat. The Congress, meanwhile, has fielded Bindhu Krishna. The BJP has fielded M Sunil
Kollam Assembly Election 2021 | Kollam is an Assembly constituency in the Kollam district of Kerala. It is one of the seven Assembly seats that fall under the Parliamentary constituency of the same name. The election to the state will be held on 6 April and results will be out on 2 May.
Mukesh of the CPM is the sitting MLA of this constituency, while NK Premchandran of the Revolutionary Socialist Party is the current MP from the Lok Sabha seat.
CPM has fielded Mukesh again to defend the seat. The Congress, meanwhile, has fielded Bindhu Krishna. The BJP has fielded M Sunil.
Past election and results
Kollam district witnessed a spectacular red wave in 2016, becoming the only district to have elected a Left Democratic Front candidate in all Assembly segments. However, the constituency of Kollam has been known to favour change rather than voting like a pocket borough of a particular political party.
The constituency has favoured Congress, current UDF ally RSP and the CPM intermittently. However, CPM has managed to win the last three elections consecutively.
CPM's Mukesh, who is known for his comic roles in television programmes, had swept the 2016 polls with a margin of 17,611 votes, defeating Congress' Sooraj Ravi. Mukesh was a new entrant in electoral politics and was tasked to defend the seat that CPM veteran PK Gurudasan had captured from UDF in 2006.
In 2011, CPM's Gurudasan had defeated Congress' KC Rajan by a margin of 8,540 votes.
Elections in Kerala have traditionally been a contest between the UDF and the LDF with power swinging between the two groups.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the Congress-led UDF had won 19 out of the state’s 20 Lok Sabha seats banking on incumbency against the ruling LDF. However, repeating a similar feat in the Assembly polls is going to be an uphill task for the UDF.
The LDF has not only managed to overcome anti-incumbency in the 2020 local body polls, but also managed to make inroads into UDF vote-banks, particularly in Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Kottayam districts.
The NDA, which is emerging as a third front in Kerala, will be hoping to increase its tally in the Assembly polls. However, given that the BJP-led NDA didn't meet the expectations in the 2020 local body polls despite making gains, its ability to impact either the UDF's or LDF's prospects in the Assembly election remains unclear.
In the local body polls, however, the people have shown a clear preference towards the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). Since 1979, only once, in 2010, has the United Democratic Front (UDF) upset the apple cart.
Total electors, voter turnout, population
Electors: According to the Election Commission of India, the total number of registered electors in the state is 2,67,31,509, including 1,29,52,025 male, 1,37,79,263 female and 211 third gender voters.
In the district of Kollam alone, there are 20,93,511 voters of which 9,97,190 are male and 10,96,308 are female. There are 13 third-gender voters in the district.
The Kollam constituency has 1,72,148 registered voters ahead of the 2021 elections of which 82,5546 are male and 89,132 are female. One voter has registered themselves as the third gender.
Voter Turnout: The overall voter turnout during the 2016 Assembly election was 77.35 percent. The percentage voter turnout of women voters excluding the postal ballot was 75.97 percent and that of men voters excluding postal ballot was 78.14 percent.
At least 74.49 percent of registered voters had come out to vote in the Kollam Assembly constituency, of which 73.38 percent were male and 75.49 percent were females.
Population and demography: Total population of the Kollam district is 2,635,375 as per census 2011. Hinduism constitutes 64.42 percent of the Kollam population. Muslims are in minority in the Kollam district, forming 19.30 percent of the total population here. Christians constitute of the 16 percent of the population.
Out of the total Kollam population for 2011 census, 45.05 percent lives in urban regions of district, whereas 54.95 percent of its population lives in rural areas.
Election date and timing
The Kerala Assembly/Niyama Sabha polls will be held on 6 April, 2021, along with Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The day will also see phase three polls in Assam and West Bengal.
The Kerala Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) has a total number of 140 seats, of which, 14 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and two seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes.
The outgoing Assembly has eight female MLAs and rest 132 are male MLAs. The current Kerala Niyamasabha session will expire on 1 June 2021.
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