Kerala community system polls: Congress mayoral candidate loses by 1 vote, blames EVMs

In a stinging electoral defeat, the UDF applicant in the Kochi Municipal Corporation’s North Island ward, N Venugopal, observed as the mayoral prospect of the Congress, has lost to his BJP rival by just one particular vote.

Counting of votes for the Kerala community human body elections 2020 is underway. The counting started off at 8 am for 21,893 wards in 1,200 community bodies which went to polls in a few phases.

The defeat of N Venugopal comes as a main upset for the Congress bash as it was searching to nominate a powerful chief from its ‘I’ group for the put up of mayor. The UDF alliance experienced been ruling Kochi corporation for the very last 10 decades.

This time about, Venugopal was contesting from Island North, somewhat than the neighbouring Island South, from where he posted victories in 2005 and 2010. Venugopal, who also represented the blended ward Island North and Island South in 2000, when the two spots ended up nonetheless to be constituted as different divisions, was assured of his win. Having said that, in an ironic flip of occasions, he missing to the BJP candidate by as slim a margin as it could get—by just one particular vote.

Quickly soon after his embarrassing defeat, Venugopal did what Congress has been accomplishing right after each poll debacle—cry hoarse and blame the voting equipment alias EVMs.

Speaking to the media, Venugopal claimed, “It was a sure seat. I can not say what occurred. There was no trouble with the social gathering. There was a dilemma with the voting device. That is why the BJP won the elections. I have not determined to go to court with voting device difficulty so far. Will look at what transpired exactly.”

Netizens in splits after Congress’s mayoral prospect loses by 1 vote

The margin of the electoral defeat experienced the Twitterverse in splits, with numerous mocking the Congress party and liberals for the piercing defeat. A raft of memes flooded the social media platform, having a dig at the Congress party around the slender loss.

1 of the Twitter customers hailed that one particular individual that built the change in the result of the election. The consumer commented, “Salute to that one person who altered his thoughts and voted for BJP candidate.”

One more Twitter consumer correctly advised the Congress celebration to blame the EVMs for the defeat.

Neighborhood Physique polls trends clearly show NDA creating inroads in Kerala

Area human body polls were held in six phases in Kerala. The southern state recorded a voter turnout of 78.64 for every cent in the third and ultimate period of elections. The early tendencies indicate that LDF may well arise victorious in the elections. The LDF is top in Gram Panchayats, Block Panchayats, District Panchayats, and Firms. UDF is marginally ahead of LDF in Municipality.

The Nationwide Democratic Alliance(NDA) has also created inroads in the southern condition of Kerala and improved its tally from the 2015 nearby overall body polls. The saffron alliance is steadily getting foothold in the southern Indian condition.

In addition to profitable in Kochi Corporation’s North Island, the BJP applicant in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation also defeated its LDF rival S.Pushpalatha by a margin of 145 votes.

LDF has received in 7 wards, NDA in 3 and UDF in 1 in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. As for each trends, NDA is foremost in 14 wards, LDF in 21 wards and UDF in 4. The local system election in the southern point out is thought of a precursor of the Assembly elections because of to be held in 2021.