Picture for Representation
Picture for Representation

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the second place in the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation election as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) retained the civic body while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has been all but wiped out.

The counting was held for Kerala local body elections on Wednesday.

BJP workers started celebrating in Thiruvananthapuram as the result looked favourable. BJP workers were seen with lotus flowers in their hands and raising slogans hailing the party.

Thiruvananthapuram is represented by Congress' Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha.

The local body polls were held in three phases in Kerala. 78.64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third and the final phase of the local body polls. The second phase recorded 76.38 per cent voter turnout and in the first phase, it was 72.67 per cent.

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Final Result

LDF (Left) - 51, NDA (BJP) - 34, UDF (Congress) - 10

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Result Updates

As per trends, NDA leading in 22 wards, LDF- 26, UDF -4, in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation

S.Pushpalatha, LDF's mayor candidate has lost to NDA candidate by 145 votes.

BJP District President VV Rajesh wins from Poojappura ward.

Kerala civic polls: Red surge, BJP gain

The Left Democratic Front was leading in 514 of the 941 grama panchayats, five of the six city corporations and 11 of the 14 district panchayats.

The UDF is leading in 375 grama panchayats, 44 block panchayats, 45 municipalities and three district panchayats.

The BJP is ahead in 23 grama panchayats and two municipalities, including Pandalam, the centre of state-wide protests against the entry of women in the previously banned age group of 10-50 into the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala.

The saffron party was ahead in Palakkad municipality also.

Though the BJP could not put up a spectacular show, it still seemed to be on course to better its 2015 record, when it won 14 grama panchayats and Palakkad municipality.

The opposition Congress-led UDF, which initially was seen putting up a better show in the first round of counting that began at 8 am, appears to have slightly dimmed, while the hype created by the BJP is yet to catch on.

(Withe agencies)

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