Counting of votes for the 140-seat Kerala election 2021 is underway. Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala looks set to script a history by retaining power in the state. As of 4:20 pm, LDF was ahead in 93 of the state’s 140 seats, while the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) was leading in 43. The BJP was ahead in one seat. According to media reports, ‘metroman’ E Sreedharan has lost from Palakkad.
LDF is seeking to break the state’s four-decade-old trend of swinging between the communists and the Congress-led United Democratic Front.
The BJP, which had won one seat in 2016, is confident of garnering more seats this time.
The poll is significant for Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose K Mani who recently snapped decades-long ties with the UDF and joined hands with the Left Front.
PM Modi congratulates Pinarayi Vijayan
Congratulations, Kerala!, tweets Sitaram Yechury