Against The Grain
- In recent weeks, there has been improvement in prospects for the LDF
- Trouble in the LDF—following rumours that chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan had been denied a ticket—has been sorted out. The CM is contesting.
- The Left has achieved a degree of rapport with church denominations in central Kerala
- The UDF, which looked confident, has become shaky thanks to scandals and scams
As election fever picks up slowly in Kerala, there is—for the first time in the electoral history of the state—some talk of an upset. This runs against the decades-old trend of the state alternately voting in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF). This time, the ruling LDF believes it has recovered enough ground to beat anti-incumbency. Whether it’s really enough remains to be seen.
Thanks to several controversies that have...