The 2016 assembly election to Cherthala will witness a keen contest between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF). This is evident from the fact that though held by LDF, UDF Lok Sabha candidate from Alappuzha K.C. Venugopal secured a lead of 1,349 votes over his LDF rival C.B. Chandrababu in the Cherthala Assembly segment in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Bharatiya Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), an alliance partner of the BJP, has the potential of denting the prospects of the LDF.
|Name of the Candidate||Party Name||Results|
|Adv S Sarath||INC||74001|
|P S Rajeev||Bharath Dharma Jana Sena||19614|
|SONNYMON K MATHEW||IND||348|
Cherthala is currently represented by CPI’s P. Thilothaman who won the seat second time in a row in 2011 by defeating her nearest rival K.R. Gouri of the JSS, a constituently of the UDF at that time, by a margin of 18,315 votes in a bipolar contest.
While votes were polled in favour of P. Thilothaman, the JSS candidate secured 52305 votes and was followed by BJP’s P.K.Binoy who got 5933 votes.
Located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, Cherthala has a sizeable Ezhava population.
Muhamma, Kanjikuzhy and Thanneermukkam grama panchayats, which were earlier parts of the erstwhile Mararikulam assembly constituency, were added to the Cherthala assembly constituency in 2011 following the recommendation of the Delimitation Commission.
Cherthala is one of the seven assembly segments that combine to create the Lok Sabha constituency of Alappuzha. Aroor, Alappuzha, Ambalappuzha, Haripad, Kayamkulam and Karunagappally are the other six assembly constituency located within the Alappuzha parliamentary constituency.
In the 2011 assembly election to Cherthala, the constituency had a total electorate of 190806. Out of the total electors, 93350 were males and 97456 were females.