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Left Front Victory in Kerala

A Verdict for ‘Social Re-engineering’

Left Front Victory in Kerala

Political conditions under the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala provided considerable opportunities for both the Left Democratic Front and the National Democratic Alliance to muster people's support on a number of issues ranging from rampant corruption to social conditions of women and marginalised communities. While the LDF effectively reaped the windfall of several graft cases in which many ministers as well as the personal staff of the chief minister's office were directly or indirectly involved, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has steadily succeeded in making inroads into the support base of both the fronts, as well as among new voters, though the party won just one seat.

The landslide victory of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M))-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the assembly elections held in Kerala on 16 May 2016 is a clear indication that the much-touted appeal—“continuity for development”—of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government has been turned down by the people of the state in the wake of a series of corruption charges against the ruling dispensation. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) campaign, with the slogan “Kerala lost its way and the BJP is to show the way” also did not seem to have made any significant impact on the electorate. However, the NDA could make a claim that it has eventually succeeded in opening its “political account” in the state assembly with the lone seat it won from one of the constituencies in the state’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram.

Overall Election Scenario

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