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2 May, 10 tweets, 2 min read
The trend is evident- a red wave is sweeping across Kerala. LDF has 91 seats out of total 140 as of now.
UDF has 47 seats, and NDA has 2-3 seats.

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This is a decisive mandate in favour of Pinarayi Vijayan and his CPM-led government. It’s imp should be viewed in the context that no sitting CM in Kerala was able to get such a result in last four decades.
In fact, so confident was him that he had started work on his swearing-in ceremony yesterday itself. Vijayan 2.0 should take this as a mandate to provide a strong govt. His calculation, but, on the new alliance power by bringing Jose K Mani to the fold failed. Mani is trailing
Biggest loser candidate is perhaps BJP Kerala President K Surendran. By choosing to contest from two seats, he is facing a double-whammy by trailing in both seats. In one of them, Konni (the seat of Sabarimala) he is likely to end up as third. It underscores his standing.
Congress is routed, like Napoleon out of Moscow.

In seats where the competition was a direct fight btw Congress and CPM, the latter has done extremely well. Like Wadakkanchery in Thrissur where CPM has won only twice in 40 years and where CPM, CPM is winning with 10k+ margin.
Nearly all glamorous candidates of Congress are seen struggling. Even Oommen Chandy, its face& former CM, who has not lost an election in 50 yrs, is facing a slump in lead. It is, but, saved by the strike rate of Muslim League. Where’s the political presence of Congress?
BJP’s two leading candidates are instructive. They are ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan in Palakkad& actor Suresh Gopi Thrissur. Both are in a way political outsiders and were able to get votes beyond the party’s core base. BJP might also win Nemom, its sitting seat, under Kummanam.
The red wave has regional variations. Jose K Mani, the newest alliance partner of the CPM is defeated. Double whammy for him since he resigned as Rajya Sabha MP. His opponent couldn’t have done this w/o support from Mani Congress supporters. What’s his future going to be?
BJP is now leading in only one seat: E Sreedharan from Palakkad.

They weaponised Sabarimala, but forgot to earn the respect of the voter.
Big Breaking: BJP is likely to draw a blank in #KeralaAssemblypolls

E Sreedharan, the lone BJP leader who was leading for sometime is now trailing against Congress’ sitting MLA Shafi Parambil. Shafi is expected to continue the lead in the pockets that are to be counted next.

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