LDF, the ruling Left led by CPI (M) in kerala suffered a major shock as the opposition Congress led UDF snatched two city corporations, i.e, Kochi Corporation and the Thrissur Corporation. UDF is also dominating the municipalities polls for which counting was taken up today.
LDF is has a small lead in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram city corporations. These corporations are led by LDF. Kozhikode City Corporation counting will be on October 31 as poll was deferred in a block division.
As per the trend, the UDF was leading in 33 municipal bodies. The lead was very high in Malappuram and Kottayam. UDF has won Kalpetta municipality in Wayanad. Kalpetta is a stronghold of Socialist Janata (Democratic). The JD faction quit LDF to join UDF.
UDF has improved tally in the rural bodies too. It was dominated by LDF.
These polls are said to be referendum on the LDF government’s performance. Assembly polls are just six months away.
BJP picked seats in northernmost Kasargod municipality. From modest beginnings, BJP has emerged as a decisive factor.
50 per cent of more than 21,000 seats have been reserved for women in the multi-tier local self-government bodies.
Kannur saw some unruly violence during the polls.