Both the fronts are equally poised to claim the Haripad Assembly constituency in the 2016 assembly polls to the Kerala state assembly. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress candidate from Alappuzha Lok Sabha constituency K.C. Venugopal had established a lead over his nearest rival C.B. Chandrababu LDF by more than 8,000 votes in this Assembly segment.
The newly created Haripad municipality, a part of the Haripad assembly constituency, was also won by the UDF in 2015. The BJP, which received just 2.34 per cent votes in the 2011 Assembly polls, is all set to do better.
|Name of the Candidate||Party Name||Results|
|VARKALA RAJ||Peoples Democratic Party||623|
|ASHABUL HAQ||Socialist Democratic Party Of India||512|
Haripad assembly constituency is currently represented in the Legislative assembly of Kerala by Ramesh Chennithala who won the seat in 2011 by defeating G.Krishnaprasad of the CPI by a margin of 5520 votes in a bipolar contest. While 67378 votes were polled by Ramesh Chennithala, the CPI nominee secured 61858 votes and was followed by BJP’s.Ajith Sankar who got 3145 votes.
While in 2006 too, Haripad went in favour of the UDF, the LDF had won the seat in 1996 and 2001.
Haripad is formed by the areas covered by Haripad municipality and Muthukulam grama panchayat, which was integrated in the constituency following the recommendations of the delimitation commission. Before that Muthukulam was earlier part of Kayamkulam constituency. On the other hand Veeyapuram grama panchayat was delinked from the Haripad constituency and incorporated into the Kuttanad constituency.
Haripad is one of the seven assembly segments that combine to create the Lok Sabha constituency of Alappuzha. Aroor, Alappuzha, Ambalappuzha, Cherthala, Kayamkulam and Karunagappally are the other six assembly constituency located within the Alappuzha parliamentary constituency.
Haripad assembly constituency has a large concentration of fishermen and small farmers. The constituency had a total electorate of 171834 voters in 2011 election to the seat. Out of the total electors, 79654 were males and 92180 were women voters.