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Kerala : Verdict Against Non-Performance and Congress Factionalism

The landslide victory of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala was a product of the UDF government's misrule in the state, coupled with the effect of unending group conflict in the Congress. It is also important to note that a great chunk of UDF votes in 2004 shifted to the BJP and not LDF, although the latter got 90 per cent of the seats. 'Soft voters' of the Congress seemed to have moved more towards the NDA rather than the LDF. This is a new trend in the electoral politics of Kerala, where bipolarism is already on the decline.


Elections in Kerala have always involved bipolar contests and the anti-incumbency factor is widely expected to favour the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) this year. But the present election also holds out scope for interesting speculation. With the spectre of infighting still haunting the Congress and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) confident of its substantial head start, the BJP notwithstanding its almost non-existent presence in the state, could also be expected to spring a few surprises.

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