The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala is set to sweep the local body polls in the state. The BJP seemed to have made some gains, leading in Pandalam, the centre of protests against women's entry into Sabarimala, among others. The Left front was leading in 514 grama panchayats, five corporations and 11 district panchayats, prompting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to attribute the good show to the people of the state.
The second spot was held by the Opposition Congress-led UDF, leading in over 400 local bodies. The Left front is also ahead in 108 block panchayats, Vijayan told reporters. He also thanked the people for reposing faith in the ruling front.
The Opposition Congress led UDF was leading in 375 grama panchayats, 44 block panchayats, 45 municipalities and three district panchayats. The BJP is ahead in 23 grama panchayats and two municipalities, including Pandalam, which was the centre of protests against the entry of women of the banned age group into the Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine. The saffron party was ahead in Palakkad municipality also.
Kerala local body results: Highlights
5PM: Latest trends of the Kerala local body poll results: Gram Panchayats- 941 LDF -515 UDF -376 NDA-28 Others-22
Block Panchayats-152 LDF-108 UDF-44
District Panchayats-14 LDF-10 UDF-4
Municipality-86 LDF-35 UDF-45 NDA -4 Others -2
Corporations- 6 LDF-3 UDF-3
2PM: People stand with Vijayan govt: KK Shailaja
Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that the LDF's landslide victory in the local body elections shows that the people stand with the Pinarayi Vijayan-led front.
Kerala local body results Live Updates: Independent nominee Karat Faisal wins from Koduvally
Karat Faisal won in the Koduvally municipality. He was contesting as an Independent candidate after CPM denied him a ticket following allegations of involvement in the gold smuggling case.
1:45 PM: LDF inches closer to victory in Thiruvananthapuram
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) leads in 50 seats in the Thiruvananthapuram corporation. The UDF and NDA are far behind with leads in 5 and 30 seats, respectively.
Kerala local body poll results: Koyilandy's BJP candidate injured in clash
BJP candidate Vysakh who won from the Koyilandy municipality sustained serious injuries in a clash between BJP and CPI(M) workers. He was allegedly roughed up while he was celebrating his victory.
1 PM Kerala local body poll results: As per trends, NDA leading in 22 wards, LDF- 26, UDF -4, in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation
BJP District President VV Rajesh wins from Poojappura ward.
12:30 PM Kerala local body results Live Updates: BJP had come third in terms of wards in 2015 but displayed an impressive performance in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and Palakkad municipality.
11:50 AM: Kerala local body poll results: LDF wins in 7 wards, NDA -3 and UDF-1, in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation
As per trends, NDA leading in 14 wards, LDF- 21, UDF -4.
S Pushpalatha, LDF's mayor candidate has lost to NDA candidate by 145 votes.
11:30 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: BJP workers celebrate in Thiruvananthapuram
A total of 21,893 wards in 1,200 local self-governing bodies including 6 corporations, 941 village panchayats, 14 district panchayats and 87 municipalities, went to polls in three phases in the southern state on December 8, 10 and 14.
Kerala local body results Live Updates
10:10 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: As per early trends of the local body poll results, NDA leading in 5 wards, LDF- 21- UDF -27, Others- 5, in Kochi Corporation
9:50 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: LDF leading on 10 seats in Trivandrum corporation. The UDF is ahead in one seat and the NDA in two seats.
RESULT - Kerala local body results Live Updates: Congress' mayor candidate N Venugopal lost to the BJP candidate in Kochi Corporation's North Island ward. Venugopal lost by just one vote. The Kochi Corporation is ruled by the UDF for a decade.
9 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: BJP leads in Palakkad municipality
BJP continues to hold its lead in the Palakkad municipality. This is the only urban body it had gained in the local body polls held in 2015.
8:35 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: The LDF is leading by four wards in Varkala municipality and one ward in Neyyattinkara.
8:30 AM Kerala local body results Live Updates: Thiruvananthapuram: LDF leading in five wards, BJP in three wards and Congress in two wards.
The local body polls are crucial for the two traditional fronts in Kerala- the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front,Congress-headed United Democratic Front-- besides the BJP-NDA as the the Assembly election is being held next year.