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PERUMBAVOOR - Adv Eldose P Kunnapillil (Congress) PIRAVOM - Anoop Jacob [Kerala Congress (Jacob)] PONNANI - P Nandakumar (CPI-M) POONJAR - Adv Sebastian Kulathunkal [Kerala Congress (M)] PUNALUR - PS Supal (Communist Party of India) PUTHUKKAD - KK Ramachandran (CPI-M) PUTHUPPALLY - Oommen Chandy (Congress) QUILANDY - Kanathil Jameela (CPI-M) RANNI - Adv Pramod Narayan [Kerala Congress (M)] SHORNUR - P Mammikutty (CPI-M) SULTHANBATHERY - IC Balakrishnan (Congress) TALIPARAMBA - MV Govindan Master (CPI-M) TANUR - PK Firos (Indian Union Muslim League) TARUR - PP Sumod (CPI-M) THALASSERY - Adv AN Shamseer (CPI-M) THAVANUR - Firos Kunnamparambil (Congress) THIRUVALLA - Kunju Koshy Paul (Kerala Congress) THIRUVAMBADY - CP Cheriya Muhammed (Indian Union Muslim League) THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Adv Antony Raju (Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress) THODUPUZHA - PJ Joseph (Kerala Congress) THRIKKAKARA - Adv PT Thomas (Congress) THRIPUNITHURA - Adv M Swaraj (CPI-M) THRISSUR - Suresh Gopi (BJP) THRITHALA - VT Balram (Congress) TIRUR - Kurukkoli Moideen (Indian Union Muslim League) TIRURANGADI - Niyas Pulikkalakath (Independent) TRIKARIPUR - M Rajagopalan (CPI-M) UDMA - Balakrishnan Periye (Congress) UDUMBANCHOLA - MM Mani (CPI-M) VADAKARA - KK Rema (Revolutionary Marxist Party of India) VAIKOM - CK Asha (Communist Party of India) VALLIKKUNNU - Abdul Hameed Master (Indian Union Muslim League) VAMANAPURAM - Adv DK Murali (CPI-M) VARKALA - Adv V Joy (CPI-M) VATTIYOORKAVU - Adv VK Prasanth (CPI-M) VENGARA - PK Kunhalikutty (Indian Union Muslim League) VYPEN - KN Unnikrishnan (CPI-M) WADAKKANCHERY - Xavier Chittilappilly (CPI-M) WANDOOR - A P Anilkumar (Congress)
The ruling LDF maintained its lead in 83 of the 140 Assembly constituencies in Kerala while the opposition UDF was ahead in 45 segments, as per trends so far. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was leading in Dharmadam against his nearest rival C Raghunathan of the Congress by 3,351 votes. Ministers KK Shailaja, AC Moideen, E Chandrasekharan, Kadakampally Surendran and MM Mani were leading in their respective constituencies, while their cabinet colleagues TP Ramakrishnan and J Mercykutty Amma were trailing.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former CM Oommen Chandy maintained their leads in Haripad and Puthupally, respectively.
BJP candidates 'Metroman' E Sreedharan and Kummanam Rajasekharan were leading in Palakkad and Nemom constituencies, respectively.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leads in 55 seats
Communist Party of India - 16
Indian National Congress - 25
Indian Union Muslim League - 13
Kerala Congress (M) - 5
Kerala Congress - 4
Bharatiya Janata Party - 3
Nationalist Congress Party - 2
Congress (Secular) - 1
Indian National League - 1
Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress - 1
Janata Dal (Secular) - 1
Kerala Congress (Jacob) - 1
Kerala Congress (B) - 1
Loktantrik Janta Dal - 1
Revolutionary Marxist Party of India - 1
Independent - 9
Congress candidate from Kerala's Puthuppally seat Oommen Chandy is leading in the constituency, as per the latest data. Chandy is the former chief minister of Kerala.
KK Rema, the widow of TP Chandrasekharan who was hacked to death by CPM activists, is enjoying a healthy lead in Vadakara. She's contesting as part of the Congress-led UDF. If she wins, it will be a deeply upsetting victory for the CPM which considers Vadakara it's backyard.
If there's one seat which is heading for a nail-biting photo-finish, it's the urban seat of Thrissur. A triangular contest is underway between Suresh Gopi of BJP, Padmaja Venugopal of Congress and P Balachandran of CPI. As per current trends, Balachandran is ahead with Padmaja trailing him and Suresh Gopi in last place. This was one of the seats where the BJP had a lot of hopes of winning.
Jose K Mani, who became the chairman of Kerala Congress (M) and subsequently tethered his party to the LDF after the death of his father KM Mani, is facing a humiliating defeat in Pala. In a seat represented by his father for over 50 years, Jose is trailing by over 9000 votes, a margin unlikely to be overcome.
It's important to remember that Jose had resigned from his Rajya Sabha seat to enter the LDF and contest Assembly elections. In the event of the LDF winning, he was expected to even become a minister. But now, those hopes have dashed. His party though is leading in five seats. It had contested 13.
After a nail-biting contest in Thrithala in Palakkad district, VT Balram of the Congress conceded defeat in a Facebook post. He has been defeated by CPM's MB Rajesh. He wished success for the new government of the LDF.
Leads are constantly swinging in three key constituencies where the BJP is a player: Palakkad, Nemom and Thrissur. In Nemom and Palakkad, the BJP candidates are currently in second position, trailing by a very small margin. In Thrissur however, the fight for the top is between CPI and Congress candidates.