LDF leads in gram, block, district panchayats and corportations
As per the latest trends, LDF has consolidated leads and win in gram, block, and district panchayats polls while being in a tie in the municipality polls with UDF. The UDF has maintained its lead in the municipality polls.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has called upon the UDF, particularly the Congress, to introspect its performance in the local body elections.
The IUML will meet in a day or two to evaluate the results in detail. “We cannot make any further comments about the elections now. We will say further after the review,” IUML national general secretary PK Kunhalikutty told The Hindu.
“The UDF should review and introspect. Congress should introspect,” said Kunhalikutty.
Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that the LDF’s landslide victory in the local body elections shows that the people stand with the Pinarayi Vijayan-led front.
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has consolidated its lead in 50 seats in the Thiruvananthapuram corporation, leaving rivals UDF and NDA far behind with leads in 5 and 30 seats respectively.
In 2015, the LDF is leading in six more seats than last time’s 44 tally, while the BJP’s seat share has risen by five seats.
Karat Faisal, who was not given a CPM ticket following allegations of involvement in the gold smuggling case, won in the Koduvally municipality as an Independent candidate.
Initial trends indicate of the six corporations in the state, the Left is ahead in four and UDF is ahead in two corporations. In the municipalities, the UDF is leading in 47, while the Left is ahead in 27 and the BJP in 4.
Congress’ mayor candidate N Venugopal lost to the BJP candidate in Kochi Corporation’s North Island ward by just one vote.
BJP continues to hold its lead in the Palakkad municipality, the only urban body it had gained in the 2015 local body polls.
According to early trends provided by the state election commission, LDF is leading by five wards in Thiruvananthapuram, four wards in Varkala municipality and one ward in Neyyattinkara.
Counting of votes began today at 8 am for 21,893 wards in 1,200 local bodies which went to polls in three phases. At polling centres, postal votes will be counted first, followed by ballots cast by COVID-19 patients and then those cast through EVMs.
All eyes are fixed on the results of the crucial Kerala local body polls — considered the semi-final ahead of the Assembly elections due next year —as vote counting is slated to get underway at 8 am today.