After poll fever, Kerala fronts remain hopeful
Thiruvananthapuram: A day after Keralites went to the polling booths in large numbers, the ruling Left Democratic Front and the opposition United Democratic Front remained hopeful on their respective winning prospects, even as the Election Commission put the final polling percentage in the state at a healthy 75.12.
Kozhikode district took the honours in polling percentage, with a turnout of 81.3 per cent, while Pathanamthitta and the state capital Thiruvananthapuram disappointed with respective polling of 68.2 per cent and 68.3 per cent.
A polling percentage above 75 has prompted some political observers to give the Congress-led Opposition UDF an edge.
Difference in a day
The poll this time is unique for the fact that the people have voted to elect the 13th state assembly, on the 13th of April. Interestingly, the result will be out a month later, on May 13.
Following the completion of the voting, both fronts have claimed that they stand a good chance to win 100 of the 140 seats up for grabs.
Meanwhile, the UDF camp witnessed a sour development, with the Socialist Janata leader K Krishnankutty stating that the party ought to decide whether to continue with the UDF.
He said the UDF had initially promised the Chittoor seat to the Socialist Janata, but had later reneged on the promise.
Another bitter development that has cropped up in the UDF camp after the polling day pertains to the low voting percentage in the Thodupuzha constituency, where Kerala Congress (M) leader P.J. Joseph contested for the UDF.
Idukki District Congress Committee president Roy K. Paulose said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter. But he also suggested that some people may have decided not to vote for any party.
The development is not totally surprising for political observers, considering that Congress workers had openly protested a month ago when Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani announced that P.J. Joseph would be his party's candidate from Thodupuzha.