Malappuram bypoll election results: BJP fails to make headway

The Bharatiya Janata Party has failed to make much headway in Kerala over the last two years, going by the results of a by-poll in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency. With nearly 95% of the eight lakh votes counted, the BJP has seen its vote share decline from about 7.5% in 2014 to 7.1%. The […]

LIVE Malappuram by-poll election results: Kunjalikkutty leads

Muslim League candidate PK Kunjalikkutty is on track to better his party’s performance in the assembly elections of last year, scoring a majority of around 1.8 lakh out of the total votes of around 8 lakhs. Kunjalikkutty won 55.06% of the votes, increasing the UDF’s vote share from 51.29% three years ago, and largely retaining the votes polled […]

Left Front tries to tap anti-American sentiment with fat tax in Kerala

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac defended the new tax imposed on Western food items in Kerala even as it became clear that move could be open to a challenge on the lines on which Maharashtra’s beef ban was overturned. The communists of Kerala — not the biggest fans of American culture — imposed the ban […]

KERALA ELECTION: Why BJP is in as much trouble as the Congress

On the face of it, things went well for the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday in Kerala. After decades of efforts at break into a two-party system, the saffron outfit finally managed to win its first seat in the state legislative assembly this time with party veteran O Rajagopal finding luck, and votes, in Nemom constituency near the capital […]

Left likely to form next govt, leads Kerala Assembly Election Results, BJP ahead in 2 places

The Left Democratic Front is indeed likely to form the next government in Kerala going by initial trends that give it a slight edge. According to official results, LDF is ahead in 88 out of 140 seats, followed by UDF or Congress in 50 seats and NDA in 1 seat. See the chart below: LEADS […]

BJP to triple Kerala vote share as Hindus leave Congress in droves – prepoll survey

A survey conducted by Asianet News and C-FORE polling agency ahead of upcoming assembly elections has revealed a dramatic shift of Hindu votes away from the Congress-led United Democratic Front towards the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP is set to triple its vote share to 18% from 6% five years earlier, the survey found. The […]

‘Hindu unity’ not working, BJP goes after Christians in Kerala

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been struggling to break into the two-front political scenario in Kerala for over a decade seems to have decided to move away from ‘Hindu unity’ plank and on to ‘development politics’ after the Left Front put up a stronger-than-expected fight in recent local elections. Before the local elections held […]

Chandy imbroglio offers Sonia Gandhi a chance to set communal equations right, counter BJP

With a vigilance court directing the filing of a First Information Report against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Congress President Sonia Gandhi may move to address some of the nagging concerns about ‘communal imbalance’ in the state government. Almost ever since the Chandy-led government took over, the Bharatiya Janata Party has tried to fuel its […]

Court orders FIR against Kerala CM Oommen Chandy; Sonia Gandhi seeks report

A vigilance special court in Kerala hearing the solar scam has ordered that a first information report (FIR) be lodged against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and another minister Aryadan Muhammad. The direction came after an explosive revelation by Saritha Nair, accused in the scam, that she paid Rs 1.9 cr to persons to be passed […]

Kiss of Love activists, including Rahul Pasupalan, arrested by Police in Kerala

Several activists of ‘Kiss of Love’ movement in Kerala, including its head Rahul Pasupalan, have been arrested by police in Kerala. According to reports, Pasupalan and his wife have been arrested under various sections of the IT Act. According to journalist Dhanya Rajendran, the arrest of Rahul Pasupalan is not linked to online pedophilia, as […]

Aruvikkara Election Results: BJP ensures Left defeat, Congress victory

The BJP has in-effect defeated the Left front in the Aruvikkara by-election and helped the Congress win by cutting into the Hindu votes in the constituency. While the Congress candidate KS Shabarinathan got 56,448 votes, the runner-up, M Vijayakumar of the Left, got just 46,320 votes. BJP’s O Rajagopal got 34,145 votes. The Congress was […]

General Elections 2014: Minority consolidation to help Congress retain Kerala seats

The vote share of the Congress Party-led United Democratic Front will fall by 3% in the upcoming general elections 2014 in Kerala, while that of the Left Democratic Front will remain the same compared to 2009 – according to an opinion poll by Asianet News network and research firm C Fore. The Bhartiya Janata Party […]