It doesn’t matter what you call it—an anti-incumbency sentiment or minority vote consolidation—the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala has surprised themselves by winning 19 out of 20 Lok Sabha seats.
Ramesh Chennithala, Congress’s Opposition leader in the state, had been frowned upon when he said the UDF was eyeing for a ‘twenty20’. But he stands vindicated now as only Alappuzha constituency has voted against the run of play, giving the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) its solitary win.
Significantly, the BJP has failed again to open its account. The BJP had high hopes in at least two constituencies, Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta, close on the heels of the Sabarimala temple issue.
The exit polls predicted that Tharoor, sitting MP in the former, would lose to popular BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan. Yet Tharoor has won with a margin of close to a lakh of votes.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi won with a record majority—over four-lakh votes—in Kerala. He leads the list of...