Kerala Assembly polls: LDF leads in Kerala as UDF trails, BJP maintains lead in 2 seats


Guwahat: The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala is leading in more than 85 seats, while Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is ahead in more than 45 constituencies as counting of votes for the April 6 Assembly Elections got underway on Sunday. As per initial trends, the BJP-led NDA is ahead in Palakkad and Nemom. Early leads showed that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Health Minister KK Shailaja, former CM Oommen Chandy and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala are leading in their respective constituencies.

Counting of votes for the 140-member Assembly began at 8 am. Authorities have made the arrangements for today as per COVID-19 protocols.

Exit polls have forecast that the ruling LDF will create history by retaining power. However, leaders of Congress-led UDF have dismissed the exit polls and expressed confidence in their alliance coming to power in the southern state.

This may be noted that Kerala has been witnessing the LDF and UDF alternatively coming to power for nearly 40 years.

The BJP has also made efforts to increase its footprint in Kerala.