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Kerala News
Ruling LDF heading for a historic win in Kerala
 
Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala is all set to retain power as it is leading at least in 94 of the 140 assembly seats as counting is still in progress. If they win, they will buck the over four-decade-old trend of swinging between the Communists and the Congress- headed UDF in the southern state.

As per theElection Commission figures, the LDF is ahead in 85 seats, while the opposition Congress-headed UDF is leading in 44segments and the BJP-NDA, in three constituencies. The Left front is far ahead of its rivals in 10 of the 14 districts as per the latest figures.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is ahead over his nearest rival by over 13,000 votes in Dharmadam constituency in Kannur. At least four of his cabinetcolleagues,including T P Ramakrishnan (Perambra), M M Mani (Udumbanchola), K Krishnankutty (Chittur) and Kadannappally Ramachandran (Kannur) have alreadyensured their victory, but the EC is yet to announce it officially.

Ministers, K K Shailaja, A C Moideenand Kadakampally Surendran were leading, while their cabinet colleague J Mercykutty Amma was trailing right from the beginning. While senior Congress leaders, including Ramesh Chennithala, Oommen Chandy, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and P T Thomas established leads, many front candidates are facing an uphill task.

The drastic fall in the lead of Chandy in his home turf Puthuppally, which he has been representing for the last 50 years, has shocked the Congress camp. According to EC figures, Chandy could manage only a margin of 2,805 votes against his nearest rival and student leader Jaick C Thomas till 1.00 pm.

The BJP continued to maintain its lead in Palakkad, where it has fielded 'Metroman' E Sreedharan. The 88-year-old technocrat is ahead of his nearest rival and two-time sitting MLA, Shafi Parambil by over 4,000 votes. Senior BJP leader and former Mizoram Governor, Kummanam Rajasekharan and actor-turned-Rajya Sabha MP, Suresh Gopi are also leading in Nemom and Thrissur constituencies respectively.

However, BJP state chief K Surendran, who contested in Manjeswaram and Konni, continued to trail in both segments right from the beginning.Other saffron party leaders, Sobha Surendran, M T Ramesh and P K Krishnadas are far behind their nearest rivals in their respective constituencies.

Even while in the jubilant mood, the trailing of Kerala Congress(M) chief Jose K Mani in Pala wasa setback to the Left front. Sitting MLA Mani C Kappan was leading in Pala by over 10,000 votes against Mani. The KC(M), which has deep roots in Christian dominated central Kerala, had recently snapped its decades-long ties with the opposition UDF and joined the LDF.

The lead of K K Rama, the widow of slain Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader T P Chandrasekharan, in Vadakara in Kozhikode district has also dealt a jolt to the CPI(M) headed front.


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TV journalist Vipin Chandh dies of COVID-19
Kerala adds 35,801 new COVID-19 cases, 68 more deaths
COVID-19: Kerala logs 41,971 cases, 64 deaths
Temples to remain shut during lockdown in Kerala
COVID spike : 13KL oxygen plant being set up at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital in Kerala
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COVID-19: Kerala logs 42,464 cases, 63 deaths
Former head of Mar Thoma Church Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom passes away
COVID-19:Kerala to strengthen anti-COVID measures, to deploy medical students to tackle situation
BJP loses lone seat in Kerala;'Metroman', state president fail
Lack of strong leadership in state led to UDF's downfall
Kerala CM requests people to use double masks
"Ensure no assembly of people in Kerala for 4 days from May 1 in connection with counting of votes"
Kerala mulling complete lockdown in dists with severe spread; 37,199 cases reported
Woman falls down from train, suffers injury, ornaments robbed
Kerala logs over 35,000 cases in highest single day surge, 41 deaths
No plans for lockdown now, but more restrictions to be put in place: CM
Ker logs over 32k new COVID cases in highest single day surge; CM says situation in state grim
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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Ian McKellan is 'happy' Elliot Page came out as transgender
A R Rahman thanks fans for support during 'difficult times'
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 28 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas
 Gaza City: A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusa
Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem holy site
Debris from China''s disintegrating rocket falls into Indian Ocean
US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen
NATIONAL NEWS
Delhi reports 12,481 Covid cases, 347 deaths
 New Delhi: The national capital continues to register a dip in daily COVID-19 cases, as the city rec
Had govt done its job, it would not have come to this: Rahul on foreign aid
BJP announces Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam Chief Minister
Mumbai civic body is suppressing COVID-19 death toll: Fadnavis
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