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Lok sabha election 2024 : UDF leads in Kerala

The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) dominated the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 in the state, securing 18 out of 20 seats on June 4. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) broke its electoral drought by winning the Thrissur seat.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi retained his Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, along with several other sitting MPs from the party and its allies. In Thrissur, actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, the BJP candidate, won by a comfortable margin of 74,686 votes, defeating V.S. Sunil Kumar of the LDF and K. Muraleedharan of the UDF.

Mirroring the 2019 results, the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) struggled, losing even in strongholds like Kasaragod, Kannur, Vadakara, and Palakkad.

CPI(M)’s K. Radhakrishnan won the Alathur seat, defeating incumbent Congress MP Ramya Haridas, while RSP’s sitting MP N.K. Premachandran secured the Kollam seat with over 1.5 lakh votes. In Thiruvananthapuram, Congress’s Shashi Tharoor retained his seat, beating BJP’s Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a closely contested race.

The Election Commission reported that out of a total electorate of 2,77,49,159, approximately 1,97,48,764 voters cast their ballots on April 26. This included 1,02,81,005 women, 94,67,612 men, and 147 transgender voters. The voter turnout was 71.72% for women, 70.57% for men, and 40.05% for transgender voters. Vadakara recorded the highest poll percentage, while Pathanamthitta was at the bottom, and Alappuzha was the only southern district with a turnout above 70%.

The UDF maintained its dominance in the Lok Sabha elections, winning more than 10 seats in every election since 2009. However, the Congress saw a dip in its vote share compared to 2019, while the BJP’s vote share increased significantly. The CPI(M)’s vote share remained steady.

Of the 14 incumbents fielded by the Congress, 12 won. K. Muraleedharan, who switched from Vadakara to Thrissur, and Remya Haridas, the previous Alathur winner, did not secure victories this year. CPI(M)’s sole MP from the 2019 general election, A.M. Arif, lost Alappuzha to Congress’s K.C. Venugopal.

 

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