A file picture of V S Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan
New Delhi: The Kerala LDF government retained power for the second consecutive term through a historic win in the 2021 Legislative Assembly Elections. However, the CPM Central Committee is not fully satisfied with this as the Pinarayi-led government was a step behind in the percentage of votes VS-led government achieved in 2006.
In 2016, Pinarayi government received 43.35 percent votes and is climbed to 45.28 percent in 2021. Whereas, the VS-led government secured 48.81 percent votes in 2006. The arrival of Kerala Congress (M) of Jose K Mani and LJD in the front did not make any difference. The central committee took it very seriously and urged the state faction to find the real reason behind it to approach the next elections.
In 12 districts of Kerala, the number of votes gained by CPM showed an upward trend but in a district like Kollam, where the party and its trade unions hold a strong base, the number of votes decreased.
In two places in the state, party workers held public demonstration demanding to replace candidates and it exposed factional feud existing in the party. Terming this an indication of greed for power, the central committee calls for corrective measures in the party soon.
The victory of LDF government in Kerala was the result of the welfare measures implemented and its success in fully exposing all wickedness in the central government policies. All sections of public voted for LDF and it emerged victorious with 99 seats in 2021 against the 91 in 2016 elections. In the history of Kerala, for the first time a single party won 67 seats in last elections.
Of the ten women in the state, who won the elections, nine were from the LDF front. However, the LDF has not completely succeeded in ensuring woman participation in elections. The decline in BJP vote share and LDF’s winning of BJP’s sitting seats were considered good for the party.