The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF has made inroads in UDF strongholds in central Kerala wresting power in Kottayam and Idukki district panchayats and winning several municipalities and panchayats in the civic polls. This was the first election since the Jose K Mani faction of the KC(M) severed its decades-old ties with the UDF over its differences with the Congress over sharing the Kottayam district panchayat president's post in the previous council.
Kerala local body election results: Full list of winners
(The list will be updated as and when final results are announced)
Kochi corporation: Congress' mayor candidate N Venugopal loses by one vote to BJP
Poojappura ward: BJP District President VV Rajesh wins
In the six corporations, Left is ahead in four and UDF is ahead in two corporations
In the municipalities, the UDF leads in 47, while the Left is ahead in 27 and the BJP in 4
In 14 district votes, Left is leading in eight and the UDF in four
Block Panchayat: Left is ahead in 23, the UDF in 52 and the BJP in one
Gram Panchayat: Left is ahead in 159 and the UDF in 144 while the BJP in 16
This time, the civic body polls have gained comparatively more significance as its result is generally considered to reflect the political mindset of the southern state which would go to assembly polls after some months.
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