A controversy erupted in the state Saturday following CPI(M)s Kannur district secretary M V Jayarajan statement that women wearing the face veil should remove it during voting. Opposition Congress has condemned his remarks.
The cards, bundled in jute bags and abandoned, were found by the children playing in the riverbed.
No punter would be ready to lay a wager on the total eclipse of the CPI(M) in Kerala and herald a resultant rise of a saffron reign. That too at a time when there are more takers for the pan-India retreat of the saffron wave.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Misra delivered the verdict and directed the concerned authorities to clear the buildings within one month and to submit a report before the court.
"Rao will meet Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday at 6 pm. In view of the parliament elections, both the CMs will discuss contemporary politics," an official release said.
What gives the BJP hope in Kerala is the spike in polling percentage in the three Lok Sabha seats where the party is expecting to upset the apple cart.
The voting percentage was 76.21 as of 6 pm when the polling time officially ended, three per cent more than what was recorded in 2014 (73.2).
The turnout which hovered little over 56 per cent at 3 pm picked up in the late afternoon and stood at 70.28 per cent, officials said.
Enthusiastic voters queued at several booths even before 7 am when the polling officially began for the third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP's bet is Pathanamthitta, the constituency where the Sabarimala temple is located, and the seat which got the BJP 16 percent vote share in the last election
The realpolitik of the Congress President becoming one of the 20 UDF candidates in Kerala is that the few Congress factions in Kerala headed by the local satraps have been forced to bury the hatchet and work as a united front.
All praise for Wayanad, the second constituency from where Gandhi is contesting for which he was attacked by Modi and BJP, Gandhi said he wanted to represent the remote district as the "beautiful place" symbolises different ideas and cultures.
Vijayan’s early days as CM was bumpy. The sidelining of VS Achuthanandan, 93 then, did not go down well with a section of cadre and Vijayan faced opposition within the party
Unless there is a tectonic shift in voting patterns in Thiruvananthapuram, the chances of CPI’s C Divakaran upsetting both Congress’ Shashi Tharoor and BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan are slim
The BJP candidate said his poll promises included national security, protection of religious beliefs and development
Despite being late off the blocks, Congress has managed to put up formidable candidates in almost every constituency.
The BJP hopes to win the election in Pathanamthitta by reminding the people of the Sabarimala issue; but the saffron party will need more to dislodge the Congress and the Left in this central Travancore district in Kerala
A former union minister, Tharoor, who is seeking reelection to the Lok Sabha in the April 23 polls, has declared a total of Rs 34,00,22,585 as movable assets, while he has immovable assets worth Rs one crore.
Wayanad is said to be the safest seat for the Congress party, with many contenders vying for it.
The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in South India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP will field candidates in 14 seats in Kerala, while the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) will contest in five seats and PC Thomas-led Kerala Congress will fight in one, said Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP.
A number of surveys have predicted an overwhelming lead for the Congress-led UDF in Kerala. However, the CPI(M)-led LDF is hoping to bridge that gap in what might turn out to be a triangular contest between the LDF, the UDF and the BJP in a few seats.
Taking pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi Gandhi said 'the Prime Minister's job is not to tell the nation his Mann ki Baat but to listen to the mann ki baat of the people,' he said.
The State Election Commission’s directive to not politicise the Supreme Court’s Sabarimala verdict levels the playing field for the Left front which till now had its back to the wall.
Rajasekharan, said to be a favourite among BJP's local cadre in Kerala, had lost the Thiruvanathapuram parliamentary constituency to Tharoor in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by a margin of less than 2 percent