In 2015 local body elections, Neyyattinkara municipality, which forms part of the Neyyattinkara assembly constituency, was wrested by the LDF from the UDF. The BJP’s vote share in that election rose five times. In that Neyyattinkara is all set from a triangular contest in the 2016 assembly elections. While sitting Congress MLA R. Selvaraj is the nominee of the United Democratic Front, K Ansalan of the CPIM is the LDF candidate.
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Currently Neyyattinkara assembly constituency is held by the Congress’s R. Selvaraj, who won the seat in a bye-poll in 2012 by defeating F. Lawrance of the CPI (M ) by a margin of 6334 votes in a triangular fight. The bye-poll was necessitated due to the resignation of its then sitting CPIM MLA R. Selvaraj.
In 2011, R. Selvaraj had won on the ticket of the CPIM by defeating trade unionist and veteran Congress leader Thampanoor Ravi who had won the seat in 1991, 996 and 2001. Thampanoor Ravi had also lost to CPIM’s V J Thankappan in 2006. R. Selvaraj had emerged victorious from Parassala in 2006.
Neyyattinkara is one of the seven assembly segments falling under the parliamentary seat of Thiruvananthapuram. Vattiyurkavu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kazhakuttom, Nemom, Kovalam and Parassala are the other six assembly segments within Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha
Neyyattinkara assembly constituency is composed of the Neyyattinkara municipality as well as gram panchyats of Tirupuram, Athiyannoor, Chenkal, Karode and Kulathur four panchayats of Athiyannoor, Thirupuram, Chenkal, Kulathoor and Karod and the Neyyattinkara municipality.
60% of the voters in the Neyyattinkara assembly constituency belong to the Nadar community. Majority of them are Christians.
In 2011 election to the Neyyattinkara assembly constituency, the constituency had a total electorate of 157851. Out of the total electors, 81367 were female voters and 76484 were males.