Election In Kerala

Congress-led UDF suffered a stunning rout in Kerala, which its leader and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he had never expected. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 91 of the 140 seats, with the CPI-M itself grabbing 58. In contrast, the entire UDF tally was 47.

"This is a vote against the corrupt and those who failed to protect the dignity of women," said CPI-M leader and former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan.

Kerala Assembly Election Results 2016 (140):

Party Leadings Won
LDF+ - 89
UDF+ - 50
BJP+ - 1
Others - -
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Administrative structure of Kerala Assembly

Election in Kerala Kerala has a unicameral legislature with the legislative assembly (Vidhan Sabha).

The executive authority lies with the council of ministers headed by the Chief Minister.

The Governor who is the titular head of the state is elected by the President of India.

The high court in Ernakulam (near Kochi) is headed by a Chief Justice.

Below the high court are district courts, sub divisional courts, munsifs' (subordinate judicial officers') courts, and munsif-magistrate courts.

The state is divided into districts, which are further divided into talukas (subdivisions) and villages.

Major political issues in Kerala

Major political issues of Kerala While caste and social inequities are major issues affecting the development of Kerala, the growing menace of unemployment among the educated youth of the state is the biggest challenged to the government.

The rampant trade unionism among the labour class is affecting the industrial development of the state.

But the UDF government is keen to attract investment both from domestic corporates and MNCs to usher in industrial progress which is the only way to create jobs for the youth.

Also, the issue of taking care of Malayali NRIs who had migrated to the Gulf region seeking employment is of utmost priority to Kerala government.

The steady flow of NRI remittances in Kerala helps in the social advancement of Kerala.

Kerala ranks top among Indian states in HDI (human development index) with second highest literacy rate of 93.91% after Tripura and among the top five in other health and social parameters.

Some of the tribals (Cholanaikkan, Ernadan, Alar, Adiyar and Paniyar are the poorest) in the state need massive intervention from the government to improve their living standard.

Deprived of education and social benefits, the tribals need basic amenities and the government is proactive to extend the same.

Many scheduled tribes die of malnutrition, ignorance and superstitious beliefs.

Poverty and illiteracy keep these tribals from climbing the ladder of development.

Kerala government has launched specific welfare projects for the tribals to lift their living standards in the coming years.

Kerala Election News

Fissures out in open in Kerala unit of NDA

    Updated On : Sep 22,2017   6:08 pm
Malappuram (Kerala) Sep 22 (IANS) Even as the Vengara assembly by-poll in Kerala is set for October 11, the BJP-led NDA is facing tough times, as its second-biggest constituent BDJS stayed away from the alliance's first election meeting near here on Friday. View More..

On an average Kerala MLAs spent 70% of election fund

    Updated On : Aug 12,2016   8:04 pm
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) Kerala Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday said MLAs from Kerala spent on an average 70 per cent of their total allowed expenditure in the assembly polls which concluded in June. View More..

Four Chandy ministers, speaker lose

    Updated On : May 19,2016   1:46 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, May 19 (IANS) Four ministers in the Oommen Chandy cabinet as well as the speaker and deputy speaker bit the dust as the Left Democratic Front swept the Kerala elections, winning 91 seats in the 140-member assembly. View More..

Richest candidates in Kerala are from AIADMK

    Updated On : May 12,2016   1:24 pm
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) The main fight in Kerala may be between the Congress-led UDF and the Left, but two of the three richest candidates in the assembly polls are from the AIADMK, a Tamil Nadu party. View More..

BJP to fly ally V. Natesan in chopper for election campaign

    Updated On : May 06,2016   2:34 pm
Alappuzha (Kerala) May 6 (IANS) The BJP will be ferrying Vellapally Natesan, the founder of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), in a helicopter during the Kerala election campaign, a move that underlines the importance it assigns to its coalition partner. View More..

How many film stars will contest Kerala elections

    Updated On : Jan 25,2016   12:48 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 25 (IANS) Kerala's assembly elections are only months away but it is becoming increasingly clear that leading parties are tipped to field well-known Malayalam film stars as candidates. View More..

Kerala set for counting of votes

    Updated On : May 13,2014   1:32 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 (IANS) All arrangements have been made for smooth counting of votes that begins Friday 8 a.m. in 160 halls across the state, an election official said. View More..