The victory of the ruling Congress-led UDF in 12 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state has made Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stronger as Kerala is one of the few states that bucked the anti-Congress trend in the country.
All arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of counting of votes for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala that went to polls on April 10, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala Nalini Netto said here on Tuesday.
With just twenty Lok Sabha seats, Kerala has eight ministers in the present Union cabinet. Of the eight two are Cabinet ranked, while other six are Ministers of State. This probably explains the importance of the southern state in UPA`s calculations which has traditionally seen a direct contest between the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI(M) backed Left Democratic Front.
The Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala is facing the heat for recommending the private airport project at Aranmula by allegedly hiding information regarding reclamation of paddy fields and wetlands by promoters in violation of the state rules.
Indian Union Muslim League, a long-time ally of Congress in Kerala and at the Centre, on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of quitting the ruling UDF, but felt that the coalition should strive to improve itself.