Early trends: Congress concedes defeat in Kerala, as LDF gains massive lead

Early trends: Congress concedes defeat in Kerala, as LDF gains massive lead

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-19 11:26 New Delhi: With the early leads in Kerala suggesting the LDF set to form its government this term as the counting is underway for the state Assembly polls, the Congress on Thursday said that it was time to concede defeat, adding that they expected a better result. "We have to concede defeat in Kerala. We expected a little better result. Change of government is not surprising in Kerala since it happens every five years. We thought probably that we can overcome that incumbency factor with our development agenda, but it did not come up to our expectation, I think we have to concede defeat now," Congress leader PC Chacko told ANI here. With the Left alliance crossing half-way mark in Kerala, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja said the people reposed their faith in the LDF as the literate and digital state remained neglected for various reasons during the UDF regime. Raja told ANI it is becoming extremely clear as far as the trend is concerned that the LDF will form the government in Kerala. "The reason is we have fought on genuine issues and the UDF rule was in a way a misrule. There were several allegations against the state government. The state remained neglected for various reasons, for their own problems, their own corruptions in the administration," he said. Raja said Kerala, which is a very literate and digital state, lacked behind in case of development and other areas. "So, we fought on genuine issues and people gave their support and people reposed their faith in LDF and let us wait how the things are going to end," he added. Of the prominent candidates leading are Oommen Chandy, V.S. Achuthanandan, Pinari Vijayan and Ramesh Chennithala. Meanwhile, as of 10 am, LDF led with 90 seats, UDF 46, BJP 3 and others 1. LDF also made major inroads in Ernakulam, which is a traditional UDF stronghold. Cricketer-turned politician Sreesanh and P.V. Jagdish Kumar are trailing. The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for providing online information of trends and results of counting. (ANI)