CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI thiruvananthapuram l monday l may 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l late city EDITION 8 LANDSLIDE 60,963 Tamil nadu west bengal 292 126 assam puducherry DMK [131 plus alliance 25] 156 (+58) AIADMK [70 plus Alliance 8] 78 (-58) TMC 213(+2) BJP 77 (+74)others 2 NDA 74(0) UPA 51 (0)others 1 NRC+ 16 (+4) DMK+ 8 (-9)others 6 234 BJP SUFFERS A TOTAL WASHOUT Though the BJP had made tall claims of winning 35-40 seats, retaining its sitting seat of Nemom and winning a couple of other seats was its realistic target. But the party failed miserably and ended up with a nought kerala 140 LDF 99 (+8) UDF 41 (-6)BJP 0 (-1) others 0 (-1) ONLY MIN TO LOSE Mercykutty Amma became the only incumbent minister to lose the fight. She lost Kundara to P C Vishnunadh by 4,454 votes constituencies where LDF replaced ministers with new faces stood with the front 99 41 00 LDF verdict K K Shailaja’s majority is a new record in the assembly polls. She bettered 47,671, set by CPM’s M Chandran 30 UDF CPM’s M B Rajesh defeated Congress’ V T Balram by 3,173 votes in Thrithala in one of the most keenly watched fights between the two youth leaders NDA/oth IUML’s M P Abdussamad Samadani won by a comfortable margin of 1,14,615 votes in the Malappuram Lok Sabha bypoll on Sunday. He bagged 5,38,248 votes against his closest rival and LDF candidate V P Sanu, who secured 4,23,633 votes. BJP’s A P Abdullakutty could bag only 68,935 votes. Twenty20 ends up as damp squib Twenty20 was expected to do well, especially after its fine performance in the local body elections, but it failed to win even a single seat ■ Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan walks into Pinarayi Convention Centre to address the media on Sunday evening. CPI leader C N Chandran is also seen | Express keep left, stay safe Kerala gives CM Pinarayi massive mandate, trusts him to steer state through troubled times UDF cuts sorry figure, tally falls below 2016 score; BJP draws blank, closes Nemom account Mercykutty tastes defeat in Kundara; Jose loses Pala fight; Metroman flatters to deceive in Palakkad Mamata tsunami in Bengal; BJP holds on in Assam Nandigram swung like a pendulum H K hogen S ingh , P r anab M ondal & P r asanta M a z umda r B S r ee j an @ T’Puram CPM supporter Girija Chillakkatt and her children celebrate the Left front’s victory at her home in Cheruvannur, Kozhikode, on Sunday, keeping in mind the Covid restrictions | T P Sooraj DISTRICT-WISE BREAKUP Following is how the Left front and UDF fared in the assembly elections 11 09 08 09 09 08 10 11 10 09 12 12 of the total 14 districts stood with the Left Democratic Front 13 12 13 14 LDF UDF 11 02 02 02 09 09 05 14 13 12 16 13 03 11 05 Ernakulam Thrissur Palakkad Malappuram Kozhikode Wayanad Kannur Kasaragod 01 02 03 04 05 05 Idukki 01 11 Kottayam 01 14 Alappuzha 01 01 03 02 02 04 04 05 05 05 04 07 06 p’thitta Oommen Chandy 2021 02 UDF believes the LDF govt hasn’t done anything that makes it worthy of continuing in office. We are not looking at this failure with desperation. We’ll assess it. Soon after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee injured her left foot in Nandigram, allegedly at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party, she often referred to herself as a wounded Bengal tiger. Ranged against her was the combined might of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and the seemingly unstoppable BJP election juggernaut. But in the end, it was the saffron party that was left to licks its wounds as Mamata won the election khela of the decade at a canter. At the time of going to the press the Trinamool Congress had won or was leading in 215 of the 294 Assembly seats in the state. The BJP, its principal rival, was way behind at 75 seats and far short from its projected 200. The election results were also a reversal of the 2019 Lok Sabha election results: when translated into Assembly seats, the BJP was ahead in 121. The 2019 results had upped the BJP’s tail and it had hoped to build on it to mount a challenge, after it made deep inroads into the Dalit-dominated Junglemahal and north Bengal. In Junglemahal, the BJP led in 21 of the 27 seats in 2019, in north Bengal the saffron party led in 35 of the 54 seats. But this time the results got reversed. The Trinamool won 20 seats in Junglemahal and 27 in north Bengal. Kollam LDF’s win does not wash away the allegations charges it’s facing. Many a time, the govt was forced to change its stance because we presented the real facts Ramesh Chennithala RIDING on the pro-incumbency wave, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front won the assembly elections with an impressive tally of 99 out of 140 seats. The LDF tally which match, es the win of A K Antony-led UDF in 2001, becomes remarkable as it is rare for an incumbent government to retain power by winning more seats than the last time. “We trusted people and people put their trust on us,” Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Kannur after the results were known. The verdict is a personal victory for Vijayan too as the CPM and CPI had benched many senior leaders including eight ministers to make room for newcomers. The resounding wins in UDF strongholds like Aruvikkara KERALA in Thiruvananthapuram and ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS Azheekode in Kannur underline the theory that votes were cast for the good work and policies of the LDF government rather than the merit of individual candidates. The strategy of the UDF to put up a strong fight with young, new faces did not fetch the desired results as voters seemed to have made their choices based on policies. Pinarayi, who was in his Dharmadom constituency when the counting took place on Sunday, will reach the capital on Monday and submit his resignation to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan by noon. The CPM state secretariat and LDF state committee are likely to meet on Tuesday to decide on the swearing-in ceremony . A mix of policies in which development and welfare measures were added in right proportion and implemented over the last five years paved the way for the re-election of the ruling front, something which has not happened in the state after 1977. Right from the implementation of Nava Kerala Mission projects to bring radical changes in health and education sectors and to provide housing for the poor to the organised manner which the government dealt with Covid crisis, a host of factors could be listed as reasons for the result. Crises such as Nipah, Ockhi cyclone, 2018 flood, Covid and lockdown were dealt with professionalism and compassion by the government. ● More on P7 01 Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister @ New Delhi/Kolkata/Guwahati T’Puram The verdict shows the trust the people have in the LDF government. There is a feeling among people that only a government led by LDF can protect their interests and fight for them JOSE K MANI LOSS PUTS KC(M) IN A TIGHT SPOT A Muslim polarisation to defeat the NDA has happened in all major constituencies. We will examine the NDA’s performance in detail and discuss it K Surendran The LDF’s big win proved that our decision to join the front was correct. We helped them regain power. I lost because of the vote trading between UDF and BJP. Jose K Mani INSIDE GOVINDAN, BALAGOPAL, RAJEEV TO BECOME MINS HEADS TO ROLL IN CONG, CHENNITHALA FEELS HEAT Kottayam: While Kerala Congress (M) won five of the 12 seats it contested, the defeat of chairman Jose K Mani in Pala came as a bitter pill for the party. The KC (M), which parted ways with the UDF to join the LDF last October, won Changanassery, Kanjirappally, Poonjar, Ranni and Idukki seats. The LDF’s thumping win showed Jose’s acumen in reading political undercurrents. P6 T’Puram: Along with senior members of the party, many young and fresh faces too would make it to the CPM list of ministers. Secretariat members like M V Govindan, K N Balagopal and P Rajeev are expected to get cabinet berths. K K Shailaja, M M Mani and T P Ramakrishnan may be retained in the cabinet. M B Rajesh and V K Prasanth too are likely to get the call. P7 T’Puram: Heads will roll in the Congress following the setback. Despite putting in an impressive show as the Opposition leader, the majority of Congress leaders are targeting Ramesh Chennithala for hijacking the party. K Babu, who won from the Tripunithura assembly constituency, was the first leader to have hinted at a change of guard in the party. In the coming days, many leaders are expected to attack the leadership. P5 Kozhikode: The CPM has made significant inroads into the Muslim-dominated areas in Malabar overcoming the concerted move by the IUML and Jamaat-e-Islami to paint the party as anticommunity. League’s vote base shrank mainly in Malappuram district and its performance in other areas is not very encouraging either. It lost a few of its sitting seats. P5 Test positivity rate shot up to 28.3% as Kerala reported 31,959 fresh cases on Sunday. As many as 1,12,635 samples were tested. Kozhikode recorded the highest number of cases (4,238). Speaking to mediapersons in the evening, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Left front’s win was thumping but it was not time for massive celebrations as Covid is wreaking havoc in the state. Kolkata: Nandigram, the epicentre of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections in East Midnapore, witnessed a nail-bitter drama on who would be the winner— chief minister Mamata Banerjee or her once trusted lieutenant-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari. The drama continued till the last round when news of Mamata’s victory came in but minutes later, Suvendu’s victory by 1,622 votes was announced. The Trinamool then said from its official Twitter handle, “The counting for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not P8 speculate.” A prominent feature of the West Bengal elections was that it became a twohorse race between the Trinamool and the BJP, reducing the Left Front and the Congress as mere also-rans. The Left, which ruled the state for 34 years before Mamata’s advent, and the Congress failed even to open their accounts. Their candidates fell like nine pins even in their strongholds of Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur comprising 49 seats. The Trinamool secured leads in 38 seats mainly because of consolidation of the minority voters, which are deciding factors in the region. The traditional minority vote bank of the Congress and the Left in the four districts shifted its loyalty to the ruling party because of the BJP’s Hindutva rhetoric. Continued on: P10 CPM BEATS LEAGUE’S SMEAR CAMPAIGN A vote for the strong leadership I P3 State’s test positivity rate goes up to 28.3% Congress candidates K Muraleedharan (Nemom) and his sister Padmaja Venugopal (Thrissur) both lost ■ NATIONWIDE may 1 MAY 2 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,01,993 2,99,988 3,523 3,92,488 3,07,865 3,689 STATEWIDE may 1 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 35,636 15,493 48 may 2 31,959 16,296 49 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH amid clean sweep, failures that shocked ldf I P3 Pinarayi makes a historic statement I P5 TMC activists celebrate the party’s win in South Dinajpur district on Sunday | pti bjp out for a duck, loses its ‘gujarat’ too I P5 shailaja teacher, a rockstar I P6 After a decade in waiting, son rises on the dmk horizon S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai IT was a well-fought battle, defying predictions of a “clean sweep” and springing quite a few surprises in the process. Out of power for a decade, the DMK finally managed to dethrone its Dravidian rival by a comfortable margin. MK Stalin, who has been waiting in the sidelines for the last several years, is all set to swear-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the State. At 68, he would be the oldest first-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This is the first time in 25 years that the DMK has secured a majority on its own. For AIADMK, the defeat was not as bad as predicted. It would be the strongest AIADMK Opposition in the history of State Assembly, which indicates that the anti-incumbency factor was not as close as it was predicted. The biggest takeaway, however is this: Tamil Nadu has, once again, decisively shut the doors , on the so-called “Third Front.” Self-proclaimed centrist Kamal Haasan’s party, MNM, scored a duck, with even the actor himself losing the race. Instead, Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi emerged as the underdog, in the third place. BJP put up a poor show compared to its national rival Congress. However, the saffron party did manage to get MLAs elected into the State Assembly after decades. The Congress put up an impressive show, winning 16 out of the 25 seats in which it contested. “This is a vote for change,” says veteran journalist G Kubendran. “Caste politics has been voted out, as sitting ministers including MC Sampath, CVe Shanmugam and KC Veeramani have lost despite the last-minute internal quota given to Vanniyars.” Edappadi K Palaniswami, however, managed to retain his Kongu belt forte. The same proAIADMK sentiment did not resonate in Southern districts.
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