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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress had deployed its senior chief Ok Muraleedharan to the battlefield in Nemom with a mission — shut BJP’s lone account within the state and wrest the seat that the saffron occasion proudly calls its ‘Gujarat in Kerala’. Muraleedharan’s mission was profitable when it comes to guaranteeing BJP’s defeat however he not directly ended up serving to LDF’s V Sivankutty reclaim the seat.
As political observers put it, Muraleedharan turned out to be largest spoiler for the BJP. His entry into the world itself created fairly a flutter with many predicting that the veteran chief would do appreciable electoral harm to each BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan and Sivankutty. Nonetheless, the voting figures reveal that he did extra hurt to BJP’s prospects than LDF’s.
The erosion of BJP votes in its largest stronghold by round 12% was virtually unbelievable. Whereas BJP’s O Rajagopal polled 47.46% votes in 2016, Kummanam might garner solely 35.54% of the votes. Predictably, a serious share of the Hindu votes landed in Muraleedharan’s kitty because of his private enchantment because the late Ok Karunakaran’s son and in addition as a result of NSS throwing its weight firmly behind the UDF, particularly on polling day.
Muraleedharan polled almost 23,000 extra votes than the UDF candidate in Nemom in 2016. The UDF’s vote share which was under 10% in 2016 leaped to 25% within the constituency. Nonetheless, not all the additional votes Muraleedharan polled for the UDF was from the NDA camp.
“There was an enormous consolidation of minority votes in opposition to Kummanam in Nemom. Muraleedharan was additionally in a position to wean away a substantial chunk of those votes as a result of his fixed bashing of BJP and Sangh Parivar,” admitted a BJP chief who was actively concerned within the marketing campaign in Nemom.
This explains why the votes polled in favour of Sivankutty too noticed a dip this time. The LDF suffered an erosion of three,305 votes when in comparison with the earlier meeting election. Nonetheless the Left managed to win the seat ultimately by a slim margin because of the large harm Muraleeedharan inflicted to the NDA camp.
NEMOM – VOTE SHARE
Alliance – 2016 – 2021 – Change
NDA – 47.46 – 35.54 – (-11.92%)
LDF – 41.39 – 38.24 – (-3.15%)
UDF – 9.70 – 25.01 – (+15.31%)