The LDF led by Pinarayi Vijayan is set to return to Kerala; it will be a significant victory: Prakash Karat
As voting for the 140-seat Assembly begins, the LDF, headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, appears to be on track to make a comeback in Kerala. On Sunday, strong rooms throughout the state opened early, with ballot votes being counted first. The election is critical for both alliances, as Vijayan seeks to retain his role as Chief Minister and Congress seeks to reclaim power in the state.
Since Kerala is the country’s only Left-ruled state, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led his party’s campaign in the state, these elections are crucial for both parties’ political futures. If the Congress-led coalition wins, it will become the country’s sixth state to be governed by the grand old party.
Kerala, like Tamil Nadu before 2016, has always voted to change its government every five years. However, if exit polls are to be believed, Vijayan may retain control, which would be a break from tradition. While the BJP ran an aggressive campaign in the state, none of the exit polls projected it would win more than three to five seats.
“The most important aspect of the assembly election in Kerala is that it will decide the future course of action of the three major political fronts,” political observer NM Pearson said. As a result, it is important for all of them.”