Updated: Sun, 02 May 2021 08:40 PM IST
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala is all set to retain power as it is leading at least in 100 of the 140 assembly seats as counting is still in progress. If they win, they will buck the over four-decade-old trend of swinging between the Communists and the Congress-headed UDF in the southern state. As per the latest trends, the LDF is ahead in 100 seats, while the opposition Congress-headed UDF is leading in 40 segments and the BJP-NDA, in three constituencies. The Left front is far ahead of its rivals in 10 of the 14 districts as per the latest figures.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is ahead of his nearest rival by over 13,000 votes in the Dharmadam constituency in Kannur. At least four of his cabinet colleagues, including TP Ramakrishnan (Perambra), M M Mani (Udumbanchola), K Krishnankutty (Chittur) and Kadannappally Ramachandran (Kannur) have already ensured their victory, but the EC is yet to announce it officially. Ministers, KK Shailaja, AC Moideenand Kadakampally Surendran were leading, while their cabinet colleague J Mercykutty Amma was trailing right from the beginning. While senior Congress leaders, including Ramesh Chennithala, Oommen Chandy, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and P T Thomas established leads, many front candidates are facing an uphill task.
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Here are the Highlights of Kerala Assembly Election Results 2021:
8:00 pm: Kerala: BJP's E Sreedharan, popularly known as 'Metro Man', loses to Congress candidate Shafi Parambil from Palakkad Assembly constituency, as per Election Commission
7:00 pm: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan wins from Dharmadam Assembly constituency, as per Election Commission of India
6:20 pm: Top BJP leaders had announced that they were moving towards forming a government. At that point, we were told that their current account here would be closed in this election. BJP leaders, including the PM, Home Minister & Chief Ministers, had come here to campaign: Kerala CM
6:00 pm: I humbly dedicate this great victory to the people of Kerala: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
5:50 pm: Kerala has given a verdict in favor of the LDF. But this is not the time to celebrate with great joy as COVID19 continues to spread. This is the time to continue the fight against COVID19: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
5:40 pm: People's mandate proves that they are happy with the pro-people policies of LDF govt. It's a victory of people. PM Modi with half a dozen ministers campaigned here but they even lost the one seat they had. People here have defeated communal forces: Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPI-M
5:25 pm: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja wins Mattannur constituency. She says, "The LDF in Kerala got a thumping victory in assembly elections and are thankful to people of Kerala."
5:15 pm: This government is known for its corrupt practices. I don't understand why such a massive mandate was given to the existing chief minister in this election. This needs to be studied carefully: Kerala Congress President Mullappally Ramachandran
5:00 pm: The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala is all set to retain power as it is leading at least in 100 of the 140 assembly seats as counting is still in progress. The UDF is leading on 40 seats.
4:00 pm: The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala is all set to retain power as it is leading at least in 94 of the 140 assembly seats as counting is still in progress. If they win, they will buck the over four-decade-old trend of swinging between the Communists and the Congress-headed UDF in the southern state.
3:00 pm: The ruling LDF maintained its lead in 88 of the 140 assembly constituencies in Kerala while the opposition Congress-headed UDF was ahead in 50 segments
2:00 pm: The ruling LDF in Kerala was leading in 75 of the total 140 seats while opposition UDF was ahead in 56 segments as counting of votes for the April 6 assembly elections got underway on Sunday.
12:00 pm: The outcome will decide the fate of 975 candidates, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Opposition leader, Ramesh Chennithala, senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy, 'Metroman' E Sreedharan and former Union Minister K J Alphons. The counting for the Malappuram Lok Sabha bypoll is also being held.
11:20 am: Congress' Ramesh Chennithala leading from Haripad constituency.
11:10am: Official trends for 137 seats | CPI(M) leading on 55 seats, Congress on 23 seats.
10:50 am: Official trends for 116 seats | CPI(M) leading on 46 seats, Congress on 20.
10:35 am: Official trends | BJP's Kummanam Rajasekharan leading from Nemom.
10:10 am: 'Metro man' E Sreedharan leading in Palakkad in postal vote counting by over 2,200 votes. He is the BJP's star candidate in Kerala this year
9:45 am: In Kerala, CK Asha of Communist Party of India is leading in Vaikom, a traditional LDF bastion
9:30 am: Initial trends at 9:30 am suggest LDF leading on 79 seats while the Congress-led UDF is ahead on 59 seats.
9:20 am: Official trends for Kerala Elections 2021 | Congress leading on 3 seats, CPI(M) leading on 1.
9:00 am: 'Metro man' E Sreedharan leading in Palakkad in postal vote counting. He is the BJP's star candidate in Kerala this year
8:45 am: In Kerala, CK Asha of Communist Party of India is leading in Vaikom, a traditional LDF bastion
8:30 am: As per the initial trends, the LDF is leading on 40 seats, while the Congress-led UDF is ahead on 28 seats. The majority mark in Kerala is 71.
8:15 am: Kerala: Counting of votes for the Assembly Elections 2021 to the 4 states and 1 union territory has begun. Visuals from Idukki where counting of postal ballots is underway.
8:00 am: Counting of votes for Assembly Elections 2021 begins. Votes being counted across Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
7:45 am: The strong room opened in Malappuram as counting of votes for Kerala Elections 2021 to begin shortly.
7:30 am: Kerala: Congress leader and former CM Oommen Chandy offers prayers at Puthuppally Church. He is also the party's candidate from Puthuppally Assembly constituency.
7:15 am: The strong room in Thiruvananthapuram opened ahead of the counting of votes for Kerala Elections 2021 today. Visuals from Mar Ivanios College.
7:00 am: Counting of postal ballots for Kerala Assembly polls will begin at 8 am. Visuals from a counting centre in Kannur.
6:45 am: The exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF in Kerala. However, the Congress-led UDF has rejected the surveys and expressed confidence in winning the polls.
6:30 am: The state witnessed a voter turnout of 74.57 per cent, which is a dip of almost 3 per cent as compared to 2016 Kerala Assembly Polls.
6:15 am: The elections for the 140-seat Kerala Assembly was held on April 6 along with West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry polls.
6:00 am: The counting of votes for Kerala Assembly Elections 2021 will start at 8 am amid strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as the state is witnessing a massive spike in coronavirus cases.