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Kerala Exit Poll 2019: With 1-3 seats, BJP set to make its mark, Congress+UDF remain strong at 12

The 20 Parliamentary Constituencies Of Kerala Saw A Three-way Clash Between The Ruling Communist Party Of India (Marxist) (CPM), Congress And Bharatiya Janata Party In 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 19 May 2019, 08:59:11 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi:

The 20 parliamentary constituencies of Kerala saw a three-way clash between the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. According to the Exit Poll conducted by the News Nation, there would be a saffron surge in the state of Kerala with 1-3 seats (14 per cent vote share), the Congress/UDF on the other hand is likely to get 11-13 seat with 38 per cent of vote share and the ruling Communist Party Marxist (CPM) may get 5 to 7 seats with 34 per cent. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been planning to make its inroad in the state riding high on the Sabarimala protests. While the CPI-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) have footing in the state’s Lok Sabha constituencies, the saffron party had no major presence in the state.

According to the 2011 Census, the state had a population of 33,387,677, of which 52.3 percent live in rural areas. Although the state has a Hindu majority, it has a sizeable minorities population. Around 26.56 percent of the population are Muslims and 18.38 percent are Christians, according to the 2011 Census data.

The state of Kerala has always been a battleground for the left and the right parties and the pollical murders have always marred the Kerala politics over the years. During the election campaigns the LDF, the UDF as well as the BJP evoked voter sentiments by bringing up the murders. Another campaigning point this election was the visibility of women. Although the number of women electors is more than that of men, there are only two women MPs in the state.

Here are the names of the 20 constituencies and their past records:

1. Alappuzha Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 15

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: Congress party’s VM Sudheeran won the constituency in 1999 when it was called Allepey. In 2004, KS Manoj from CPI(M) was elected MP from the constituency. State Congress general secretary KC Venugopal won the election in 2009 and 2014, now called Alappuzha.

2. Alathur Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 9

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: Since the formation of this constituency, the CPM has held sway. PK Biju has been the elected MP since 2009.

3. Attingal Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 19

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: A Sampath of the CPM has been the sitting MP since 2009.

4. Chalakudy Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 11

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: KP Dhanapalam of Congress won the first Lok Sabha election for the constituency in 2009. Thereafter, independent candidate Innocent won the election in 2014.

5. Ernakulam Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 12

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In 1999, Congress candidate George Eden was elected MP. In 2004, independent candidate Sebastian Paul was successful. After that, Congress held sway over this constituency. Both in 2009 and 2014 Congress candidate KV Thomas was elected MP.

6. Idukki Lok Sabha Constituency

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: Leader of the Kerala Congress (KEC) in 1999, F Francis George was elected MP from this constituency in 1999 and 2004 elections. Then Congress party member PT Thomas won the election in 2009. In 2014, independent candidate Joice George won a 46.60 majority and won the election.

7. Kannur Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 2

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In 1999, AP ABdullahkutty of the CPM won the election. He was re-elected in 2004. In 2009, Congress tasted success when candidate K Sudhakaran won the election. But CPM made a comeback in 2014 with the win of PK Sreemathi Teacher.

8. Kasaragod Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 1

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: The CPM holds fort in this constituency since the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. While T Govindan was the MP in 1999, P Karunakaran has been a three-time sitting MP since 2004.

9. Kollam Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 18

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: P Rajendran of the CPM was elected MP from the Quilon constituency in both 1999 and 2004. Congress party’s N Peethambarakurup won the election in 2009. NK Premachandran from the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) defeated CPM heavyweight MA Baby to win the seat in 2014.

10. Kozhikode Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 5

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: While in 1999, Congress candidate M Muralidharan won the election, in 2004 it was MP Veerendra Kumar from the Janata Dal (Secular) who was elected MP. Since 2009, Congress leader MK Raghavan has been the sitting MP here. In 2009, Raghavan beat CPM candidate PA Mohammed Riyas by a mere 838 votes.

11. Malappuram Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 6

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In both 2009 and 2014, E Ahamed from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) won the election.

12. Mavelikkara Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 16

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: Ramesh Chennithara from Congress was elected as MP from here. In 2004, CPM won the seat. Candidate CS Sujatha was the MP. Congress made a comeback when Kodikkunnil Suresh won the election in 2009. He won the seat again in 2014.

13. Palakkad Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 8

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: The CPM has held this constituency since 1999. While NN Krishnadas was two-time MP since 1999, MB Rajesh won the seat in 2009 and 2014 elections. Both belong to CPM.

14. Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 17

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In the 2004 elections, Congress candidate Anto Antony Punnathaniyil was elected MP from this constituency. He won a second time in the 2014 elections.

15. Ponnai Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 7

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: GM Bannatwala won the election in 1999. He was succeeded by E Ahamed. ET Muhammed Basheer has been the sitting MP since 2009. All three candidates belong to IUML.

16. Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 20

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: VS Sivakumar from trhe Congress won the seat in 1999. He was succeeded by PK Vasudevan Nair who was from the CPI. Thereafter, Congress took over the constituency with Shashi Tharoor’s win in both 2009 and 2014 elections.

17. Thrissur Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 10

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In the 1999 election, Congress candidate AC Jose was elected MP. In 2004 the constituency was taken over by CPI when CK Chandrappan won a majority. He was succeeded by PC Chacko from the Congress in 2009. In 2014, CPI made a comeback when CN Jayadevan won a majority.

18. Vadakara Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 3

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: AK Premajam from the CPM won the 1999 election and P Satheedevi, also from CPM, won the 2004 electionn. In 2009, Congress took over the seat. Party candidate Mullappally Ramachandran won from the constituency in 2009 and 2014.

19. Kottayam Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 14

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In the 1999 and 2004 elections, Suresh Kurup from CPM was elected MP. In 2009, Kerala Congress (M) took over the seat. Jose K Mani, son of party president KM Mani, won the election in both 2009 and 2014. He was, however, nominated to the Rajya Sabha and the seat is currently vacant.

20. Wayanad Lok Sabha Constituency

Constituency number: 4

Results in last four Lok Sabha elections: In the 2009 elections, MI Shanavas from the Congress party won the election. Shanavas repeated his feat again in 2014 elections. After Shanavas’ death in 2018, the seat is vacant.

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First Published : 19 May 2019, 08:59:11 PM