LDF cedes ground to UDF in Kerala civic polls

CPI-M led LDF on Wednesday took a severe beating in the local body elections losing power to Congress-led UDF in Kochi and Thrissur corporations and winning a majority of municipalities.

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Six months ahead of the
Assembly polls in Kerala, the ruling CPI-M led LDF on Wednesday took
a severe beating in the local body elections losing power
to Congress-led UDF in Kochi and Thrissur corporations
and winning a majority of municipalities.
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The LDF, however, managed to retain power with a wafer-thin
margin in Thiruvananthapuram corporation and held sway
over Kollam corporation with a comfortable majority.

In an election that confirmed the trend of last year`s Lok
Sabha polls when the UDF lifted 16 of the 20 seats from the
state, the opposition coalition is maintaining clear edge in
village, block and district panchayts from where results
continued to pour in.
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Even while remaining a poor third, the BJP picked up a
handful of seats from all over the state including the
corporations of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Thrissur.
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The UDF swept the municipalities in Malappuram ,Kottayam
and Idukki district and also put up an impressive performance
in Ernakulam, Wayanad and Kasargode.
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The LDF maintained its sway in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and
Kannur districts. The counting in Kozhikode corporation and
other local bodies in the district has been postponed to
October 31.

The LDF suffered a crushing blow in the prestigious Kochi
corporation conceding power to UDF after a gap of 28 years.
In the 74-member coroportion, the UDF grabbed 46 seats, the
LDF 23, BJP 2 and others three.
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In nearby Thrissur corporation, the UDF routed the LDF
lifting 45 of the 55 seats.
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