29 October, 2020

Mr Clean Takes A Battering

Mr Clean Takes A Battering

ONE A.K. Antony does not a United Democratic Front (UDF) victory make—that seems to be the moral of the story. Bitter infighting in the Congress-led front, a wrong choice of candidates, friendly parties turning against it at the last minute and unenthusiastic campaigning sums up the defeat of the UDF and the victory of the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala.

The latter is all set to form the government in the state, having won 80 of the 140 assembly seats. As for the 20 Lok Sabha seats from the state, the two fronts got an equal share of 10 seats each. But for the UDF it was a poor showing compared to the 17 seats it had won in the 1991 elections.

Congress leaders were optimistic about riding an Antony wave, but the magic just failed to work. Neither did the  much-touted arrack ban and the promise of total prohibition reap the expected rewards. Women did not vote en masse for the ban as the Congress campaign managers thought they would. Points out Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) vice-president G....



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