Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF races ahead of the opposition bloc UDF in Kerala with leads in 91 seats. The Left alliance is seeking a historic second term in a state that alternates between the alliances. Even the poll of exit polls had predicted a change to the pattern, allocating 85 of 140 seats to the LDF alliance and 53 to the Congress-led UDF.
Kerala voted in a single phase on April 6 to elect 140 MLAs to the state Assembly, whose term will end on June 1, 2021. The state had registered a voter turnout of 73.40 per cent. The counting of votes began at 8 am today.
The Assembly Elections were held with strict adherence to anti-coronavirus protocols. Wearing of masks and maintaining proper social distance was made mandatory during the entire election process. The number of polling booths was increased for staggered voting.
In the 2016 elections, the CPIM-led Left Democratic Front or LDF had won the majority of votes. The main fight in the state is between the LDF and the Congress-led UDF. While Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hopes to form the government for the second consecutive term, the Congress, which had won 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in 2019, is banking on the anti-incumbency factor.
The BJP, which has only one MLA in the state Assembly, hopes to win a toehold in the state.
The election results of Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and Bengal Assembly elections will also be declared today.