BJP fails to impress voters in Kerala, only a minor increase in vote share

MK Suresh

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP failed to improve its vote share in the 2021 Kerala Assembly polls. NDA allies BDJS and others also proved to be a complete failure in increasing the vote share.

In the 2016 assembly polls, BJP’s vote share was recorded at 10.6 percent. But this time, the vote share only increased by 0.7 percent and touched 11.30 percent. The party obtained 23,54,468 votes in the polls. Meanwhile, NDA obtained 26,04,394 votes in total.

Last assembly polls, BJP won the highest number of votes in Nemom and secured second place in 7 constituencies. But this time, BJP faced a pathetic fallout and was defeated in Nemom seat too.

The party secured second place in 9 constituencies including Nemom this time.

22 constituencies recorded more than 30,000 votes, which was 27 during the 2016 election.

Nemom, Vattiyoorkkavu, Kazhakkoottam, Attingal, Chanthannur, Palakkad, Malampuzha, Manjeshwaram and Kasaragod are the constituencies where BJP secured second position.

Vote share in Chathannur constituency increased by 7 percent. But BDJS proved a complete failure to play a crucial role for NDA.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP’s vote share was recorded at 13 percent. Meanwhile, the vote share increased to 14.80 percent during the local body polls.

Suresh Gopi obtained 40,457 votes in Thrissur constituency. Former DGP Jacob Thomas who contested from Irinjalakuda secured 34,329 votes. Former minister Alphons Kannanthanam obtained 29,157 votes in Kanjirappally. Former BJP state president PK Krishnadas obtained 34,542 votes from Kattakada and general secretary MT Ramesh secured 30,952 votes from Kozhikode South. AN Radhakrishnan from Manalur, Sandeep Varrier from Shoranur and A Nagesh from Pudukkad obtained 36,566 votes, 36,973 votes and 34,893 votes respectively.

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