Kerala Assembly Election 2016 Results: Left Democratic Party returns to Power

May 19, 2016 16:15 IST

LDF

The counting are completed and the results have become clear. 91-year old VS Achutanandan may return to the helm of chief minister for the second time as Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 84 seats out 140 assembly seats.

Compared to 2011 assembly elections when it had won 68 seats, LDF increased its tally by 12 seats in 2016 assembly elections.

On the other hand, Congress Party led United Democratic Front (UDF), like in other states, is in for a huge setback. It won only in 47 seats, a big 23 seats drop compared to 2011 assembly elections.

Party

Won

Bharatiya Janata Party

1

Communist Party of India

19

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

58

Indian National Congress

22

Nationalist Congress Party

2

Indian Union Muslim League

18

Janata Dal (Secular)

3

Kerala Congress (M)

6

Communist Marxist Party Kerala State Committee

1

Congress (Secular)

1

Kerala Congress (Jacob)

1

Kerala Congress (B)

1

National Secular Conference

1

Independent

6

Total

140

BJP opens account in Kerala

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has something to rejoice as it manages to open an account in Kerala by winning the Nemom seat, a suburb of state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The account for BJP was opened by 86-year-old former Union minister O Rajagopal, who won by over 8000 votes. He will go down in history as the first BJP MLA in Kerala’s 140-member assembly.

It was the image of Rajagopal, popularly known as ‘Rajettan’, apart from the BJP’s organisational strength that helped the party to create history. He is considered a noble and well meaning person.

Anti-incumbency factor

Anti-incumbency factor against the Congress chief Minister Oommen Chandy is responsible for such a massive setback to the grand old party in the state. The government had been hit by a series of corruption scandals involving some of his top aides and ministers.

There also has been a barrage of criticism following a spate of crime against women, especially the horrific rape, torture and murder of a Dalit student.

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