It looks like Kerala is witnessing a reversal of political fortunes with the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) racing ahead of its main rival United Democratic Front (UDF) in as many as 530 of the 941 grama panchayats in the State.
In the 2010 elections, the alliance could win only about 365 grama panchayats. The UDF’s tally, going by reports coming around 1 p.m., was only a shade above that at 374 grama panchayats. The BJP has made a reasonably impressive showing in the grama panchayats, securing leads in 16 grama panchayats, up from just two in the 2010 elections.
The supremacy of the LDF in the block panchayats at this point of time is more definitive with the alliance gaining lead in 92 block panchayats, against UDF’s 59. In the municipalities, LDF and UDF are almost evenly poised with the LDF securing lead in 44 municipalities against UDF in 41 municipalities.
Among the six corporations, the most striking outcome is that in Thiruvananthpuram where the BJP has emerged as the second large party, pushing the UDF to the third place. The capital city now has a hung corporation council, with the LDF falling short of majority by around 6 seats.
In contrast, BJP has won 34 wards. In the newly formed Kannur Corpooration, the UDF would be dependent on a dissident Congress candidate, who trounced all his other rivals to emerge victorious. In Kochi, the UDF appears poised to return to power, as would the LDF in Kozhikode. The picture was unclear in Thrissur as well where the LDF has emerged as the single largest council group.
A look at the overall tally
|Grama Panchayats (Total)||941||Block Panchayats (Total)||152|
|District Panchayats (Total)||14||Municipalities (Total)||87|