The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM] is on course to create history in Kerala. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF is ahead in 80 out of the 140 seats in the southern state while the Congress-led UDF is leading in 44, as per the current trends.
If the trends hold, Vijayan will stay on as chief minister of Kerala for another five years.
While it is not uncommon for ruling parties to get re-elected in an election in the country, Kerala has stood out as an exception over the years.
In the last four decades, Kerala has not once re-elected an incumbent. The state has stuck to a decades-long cyclical LDF-UDF alternate-term pattern. As the LDF retains power for a historic second term, it breaks this 40-year trend in the state.
A victory for Vijayan would cement his appeal as a mass leader in the state who is known for his quick decision making, a humanitarian approach and focus on welfare schemes.
At a time when the Left is fighting for political survival, the results in Kerala will surely come as an encouraging sign for communism in India. Since losing its grip on Bengal and Tripura, Kerala was the only bastion of the Left Front in India.
Losing power in the state would have resulted in a “Left-mukt Bharat”, leaving the front on the edge of the political abyss.