Assembly elections have been held in Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Kerala over the past few weeks. Kerala went to the polls yesterday. An assembly election determines which party rules the state. Regional parties wield power in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, while the Congress party is in the saddle in Assam and Kerala.
Kerala voted yesterday, and I exercised my franchise too. It was a rainy day, and there were fears that this might dampen the voter turnout. Kerala has traditionally alternated between two fronts, the ruling UDF (United Democratic Front) led by the Congress party and the Leftist LDF (Left Democratic Front). The BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) has seen its vote share increase recently, and will be happy to open its account in the state assembly this year.
The above photos show the symbols of the UDF and LDF, respectively. They convey something of the searing intensity with which political battles are fought in tiny Kerala.
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