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As it happened: Left stages a comeback, BJP opens account in Kerala

The Left is set to return to power in Kerala, two exit polls predicted on 16 May evening.

Sohini Chakravorty May 19, 2016 15:37:16 IST
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As it happened: Left stages a comeback, BJP opens account in Kerala

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May 19, 2016 - 15:06 (IST)

Vote share up by 20%: BJP Kerala president 

The state president of Kerala K Rajasekharan said that the party's vote share have increased from 6% to 20%. 

May 19, 2016 - 14:22 (IST)

Vijayan wins from Dharamadom

CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan elected from Dharamadom in Kannur district, defeating nearest rival Mambaram Divakaran of Congress by 36,905 votes. 

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 14:16 (IST)

Chandy wins from Puthuppally

Outgoing Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared elected from Puthuppally in Kottayam district defeating nearest rival Jake C Thomas of CPM by 27,092 votes. 

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 14:06 (IST)

KM Mani wins from Pala 

KM Mani (KCM-UDF) wins from Pala against Mani C Kappan (NCP-LDF) by a margin of 4,703 votes.

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 13:51 (IST)

Excise minister loses in Tripunithura 

Excise Minister K Babu defeated by a margin of 4,467 votes by M Swaraj of CPM in Tripunithura constituency. It was a win for Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala (Congress) in Haripad. He defeated P Prasad of CPI by a margin of 18,621 votes.

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 13:42 (IST)

Karat promises development in Kerala 

CPM leader Prakash Karat said that it was a huge win for LDF in Kerala and the new government will focus on development. 
 

May 19, 2016 - 13:30 (IST)

Defeat unexpected: Chandy 

As the Congress-led UDF suffered a rout in the Kerala Assembly elections, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday that his party never expected such a defeat. "In democracy, the choice of the people is final. We accept this defeat which we never ever expected," a stunned Chandy told the media at his home at Puthuppally near here. 

"We felt we would return (to power) but this has not happened. We will now sit down to introspect," he said. 

The United Democratic Front (UDF) suffered one of its worst defeats in Kerala. 

The Congress, which had 39 legislators in the outgoing assembly, was set to win 23 of the 140 seats. The UDF itself will have to be content with 46 seats.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the CPM was set to win 92 seats. The BJP won one seat. PC George, who contested as an independent, was also declared elected. 

"As the chairman of the UDF, I have a responsibility for this debacle," said Chandy, who has been elected 11 times from Puthupally. 

May 19, 2016 - 13:13 (IST)

BJP wins first seat in Kerala 

Former Union minister O Rajagopal was on Thursday elected to the Kerala Assembly, giving the BJP its first ever representation in the house.

The Election Commission said the 86-year-old political veteran had won from Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram district by over 8,000 votes. He defeated outgoing CPM legislator V Sivankutty. 

Even before his victory was announced, hundreds of BJP supporters began celebrating outside the counting centre. 

The BJP had so far never won an assembly or Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. 

IANS

May 19, 2016 - 13:09 (IST)

UDF accepts verdict: Chandy 

Oommen Chandy said that the UDF accepts the people's verdict and will evaluate the results. 

May 19, 2016 - 13:05 (IST)

Results a setback: Chandy 

Oommen Chandy said the results of the Kerala Assembly election was a setback and was unexpected. 

PTI

The Left is set to return to power in Kerala, two exit polls predicted on 16 May evening.

The India Today-Axis exit poll gave 88 to 101 seats to the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the 140-member assembly and 38-48 to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

The BJP could get zero to three seats while one to four seats may go to others, it said.

As it happened Left stages a comeback BJP opens account in Kerala

A file photo of Oommen Chandy. PTI

The India TV-C Voter exit poll predicted 74-82 seats to the LDF, which is led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM).

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, speaking a day before the counting day, reiterated that exit polls predicting his ouster would be proved wrong and he would retain power. On Wednesday, he completed 1,827 days in office — a record for a five-year term in the state.

His predecessor and Marxist leader VS Achuthanandan was chief minister for 1,822 days.

Chandy told IANS that he was confident that the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) would get a renewed mandate.

"The total number of women voters is in excess of one million more than male voters. This is going to be hugely positive for us," he said.

"We are expecting a close fight in around a dozen constituencies where the margin (of victory or defeat) would be less than 1,000 votes, and here the postal votes will be decisive.

"We are quite confident that we will retain power," he said.

Chandy, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, CPM politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan, 83-year-old Kerala Congress (M) supremo and former Finance Minister K M Mani are among the  1,203 candidates in the electoral arena.

Senior Congress legislator Benny Behanan, who did not get a party ticket this time, told media persons that the results that have come out in the exit polls are not true.

"I represent a seat in Ernakulam and I know this district very well and this survey says the UDF will win just three seats... this is just not right. Something has gone wrong with those who did this," he said.

Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader O Rajagopal, who is a contestant from the Thiruvananthapuram district, said even though the exit polls predicts three seats for his party, they are expecting more.

"So let's wait for the result to come out on 19 May," he said.

CPM Lok Sabha member M P Rajesh, however, said he did not find the results as a surprise as this was what they expected.

The voter turnout in Kerala for the assembly elections at 77.35 percent was higher when compared to 75.12 percent in the previous elections, an official said on 17 May. A total of 1,203 contestants, including 109 women, are vying for 140 seats of Kerala's 14th assembly.

Election Commission officials said counting of votes, which will commence at 8 am, will be over by 3 pm. By 12 noon, a clear picture could emerge on the winners.

According to Election Commission guidelines, half-an-hour after the postal ballots are counted, the process of counting votes from the EVMs begins.

With inputs from agencies

 

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