With the vote count in Kerala’s Assembly elections accelerating and reaching halfway in many of the 140 constituencies, indications are that the left is set to rewrite the state’s electoral history by becoming the first government to retain power.
Current indications are that the Left Democratic Front is leading with 93 seats, the Congress-led United Democratic Front with 44 seats and the BJP with three seats.
The breathtaking performance of the left cannot be attributed to anyone other than Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who has led from the front lines.
In the 2016 polls, it was the pillar of the VS Achuthanandan party who led from the front and after the left won, Vijayan stepped in to take the post of chief minister, while Achuthanandan was given the post of ` “ Kerala Castro ”.
Vijayan, despite many troubles in various issues, has stood firm and boldly stepped forward. His tenure was important when it came to selecting party candidates, with seven ministers and 26 lawmakers excluded.
Meanwhile, of the 48 seats in which the UDF leads, its second constituent, the IUML leads in 12.
From the NDA, “Metroman” E. Sreedharan is fighting hard and at one booth especially in his constituency of Palakkad, he got all the votes and at the moment he leads with around 5,000 votes.
When you look at the bigger picture, it now appears that the left maintains the same ground as in 2016, when it won 91 seats.
However, his new ally, the leader of Kerala Congress-Mani, Jose K. represented by his father for more than half a century.
What will be painful to him is that some of the other candidates in his party are in the lead.
Energy Minister MM Mani, who won the 2016 election by a narrow margin of around 1,000 votes, now leads by a huge margin of 20,000 votes and said that result was on the cards “because he there has never been a better government in the state than that of Vijayan ”.
The tendency from the start of the vote count was that the UDF was unable to get past the 60 seat mark and in many of these constituencies it leads by a slim margin and if it continues then there could be more. shocks and the left could well end up with 100 seats or more.