New Delhi: The unfailing pendulum-like swing of Kerala politics has delivered the state to the Left-led Left Democratic Front, or LDF, unseating the Congress-led United Democratic Front, or UDF. The LDF won 91 seats — an upward swing of 24 — to the UDF’s 47 seats. The question now is only whether Pinarayi Vijayan or his rival, 92-year old V S Achutanandan gets to be the Chief Minister.
An additional element in this usually two-sided contest was the BJP. The party has finally entered the state assembly with one single seat – Nemom, in the outrskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, won by 86-yerar-old O Rajagopal by over 8,000 votes.