People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 14, 2006
Splendid Victory In Kerala
Left Democratic Front is back in power in Kerala with a historic victory. The
electorate in Kerala gave more than two-third majority to the LDF in the 12th
assembly election. The victory of the LDF is important in many aspects. This
verdict is a continuation of the verdicts against the UDF delivered by the
people of Kerala in election after election since the 2001 assembly elections.
the prominent leaders of CPI(M) who were in the fray have come out victorious.
The winners include CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and leader of opposition in the
outgoing assembly V S Achuthanandan, central committee members Paloli Muhammad
Kutty, M A Baby, P K Gurudasan, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and P K Sreemathi, state
secretariat members Thomas Issac and A K Balan. The victory of the LDF is even
in all districts of the state. The LDF was able to attract newer sections
especially the minorities. In the 2004 Lok Sabha election, the percentage of
vote share for LDF was 46. It has now gone up to 48.6.
the performance by all the LDF constituents was impressive, it was a heavy blow
for most of the UDF partners. The political future of many a UDF constituent is
under question. The Indian
Union Muslim League (IUML), Democratic Indira Congress-K (DIC-K), CMP, JSS and
two RSP groups have lost badly. It was the maiden attempt of the DIC (K). It had
to remain content with winning one out of the 18 seats it contested. Even its
president Muraleedharan faced defeat in a relatively “safe” seat given to it
by the IUML.
defeat of the UDF was emphatic. Seven ministers and seven ex-ministers were
humiliated at the hustings. Those biting the dust were P K Kunjalikutty, M K
Muneer, E T Mohammadu Basheer, Cherkkalam Abdulla, K R GouriAmma, M V Raghavan,
Babu Divakaran, Dominic Presentation, K K Ramachandran, K P Viswanathan,
Kadavoor Sivadasan, R Balakrishnapillai, T M Jacob, K Muraleedharan and
IUML’s so-called impregnable fortress of Mallapuram has been breached. IUML
state general secretary and former minister P K Kunhalikutty, who has been
accused of being involved in a sex scandal, was delivered a massive defeat in
his home turf of Kuttippuram. UDF partners like CMP and RSP groups didn't get
even a single seat.
LDF won in five of the eleven seats in Malappuram. This is a significant
achievement. In ten out of fourteen districts the LDF got a clear majority. In
the traditional UDF bastions of Ernakulam, Wayanad, Pathanamthitta and Idukki
there has been a tilt towards the LDF. The UDF has been wiped out in Wayanad. It
may be recalled that 505 farmers in this district committed suicide.
CPI(M) candidate M Chadran won by the highest margin the state - 47,161 votes. He was elected from Alathur in
BJP’s hopes of making it to the assembly have once again been dashed. Its most
prominent face in Kerala, former union minister O Rajagopal finished third in
Palghat. The BJP which got 12.16 per cent votes in 2004 Lok Sabha elections has
now to remain content with only 4.75 per cent. These votes despite going to the
UDF, did not help it either.
state secretary Pinarayi Viyajan congratulated the people of Kerala for giving a
historic win to the LDF. In the election campaign, Pinarayi said, the UDF had
tired to misguide the people in the name of development. But the same people
have shown the UDF its real place. The Congress didn't get a single seat in some
The leader of opposition V S Achuthanandan described the LDF victory as a verdict against the anti-people polices of the UDF. The ruling front has tried to sell all the wealth of the state, he alleged. The LDF is in the forefront of the struggle against these policies and people gave their mandate to the LDF, he added.