Election results for local bodies in Kerala LIVE Updates: throat fight in Thiruvananthapuram corporation

Voters at a polling station in Malappuram. (Source: Kerala PRD)

While the panchayat elections are invariably rooted in candidates and section-specific hyperlocal issues, given that they are largely fought on political lines, the results will have a profound perspective on some of Kerala’s underground political currents and how they are. will form before the Assembly Elections.

First, these elections will be a turning point for the two prominent factions of the Kerala Congress – KC (M) led by Jose K Mani and KC (J) led by PJ Joseph who are fighting at opposite ends of the political spectrum and what dividends they will have their LDF and UDF coalitions paid. The winner will have more bargaining power when it comes to allocating seats next year.

Second, the results of the survey, especially in the northern districts of Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod, will indicate whether the UDF’s decision to have an “agreement” with the Indian Social Welfare Party, supported by Jamaat-e-Islami, in some areas he paid. It will show the broader issue of whether secular parties, such as Congress, are playing a dangerous game by allying with forces such as Jamaat.

Third, as the CPM leaders themselves pointed out, the polls will be seen as a referendum on the governance and welfare initiatives of the four-and-a-half-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan government and the popularity of the prime minister himself. vote for his party. There is no doubt that the exhumation of the gold smuggling scam in July, the arrest of the CM chief secretary, the interrogation of one of its ministers by the central agencies, irregularities in the housing scheme and the move to make draconian changes to the Kerala Police Act and later withdrawn under public pressure, all affected the government’s image. We will have to see if these issues were a factor in the voter’s mind.

Four, these are the first elections BJP has faced under its new president, K Surendran, which he took over in February this year. Inspired by its performance in the Bihar Assembly elections and the Hyderabad municipal elections, the party will be keen to improve its poor vote share of 13.28% in 2015 and even gain control of several local bodies. important. Getting its own mayor in the corporations of Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur are his priorities, although the task is not simple.