“Victory for secularism and inclusive development”: Pinarayi Vijayan tweets on big win for LDF in civic body polls, disappointment for Congress-led UDF; BJP’s hopes dashed

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has thanked the people of his state for reposing faith in his government by helping his political alliance score an impressive win in the local body polls. A visibly ecstatic Vijayan said that the win for the Left Democratic Front was the ‘victory for secularism and inclusive development.’

“Thank you Kerala. Thank you for reposing faith in LDF. We are humbled by the trust and the confidence of the people of Kerala. This is a victory for secularism and inclusive development. My warm greetings to all the elected representatives,” tweeted Vijayan



In the just-concluded local body polls of Kerala, the CPI-M-led LDF won three out of six corporations, 35 out of 86 municipalities, 10 out of 14 district panchayats and 108 out of 152 block panchayats. At the village panchayat level, the LDF won 514 out of 941 seats, a reduction of 35 seats compared t0 2015 polls, but a sizeable majority nonetheless.

The Congress-led United Democratic Front won 377 seats at the village panchayat level, a marginal increase of 12 seats, while the BJP-led NDA won 22 compared to 14 seats it won five years ago. This will come as a crushing blow to the Hindutva party, which has been desperately trying to make inroads in the crucial south Indian state.

At the block level too, while the UDF won 44, a reduction of 17 seats compared to 2015, while the BJP drew blank. The LDF won 18 more seats than what it had won five years ago. The Congress-led UDF also lost three district panchayats to the LDF, whose tally went up to 10 out of a total of 14 district panchayats. The BJP, once again, had to contend with zero seat. The UDF did well at the municipality-level by winning 45 out of 86 seats, while the NDA bagged two municipalities, an increase of one compared to 2015.

As for Corporation, both LDF and the UDF shared three municipalities each, while the NDA was nowhere in contention here.

In the previous two civic body polls in 2010 and 2015, the dominating theme of the results was that voters had rejected the ruling alliance. The trend continued even in the subsequent assembly polls, leading to the ouster of the ruling alliance. If this continues, then the Congress-led UDF will have reasons to worry in the coming days as the state goes to key assembly polls next year.

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