Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met state Governor Arif Mohammed Khan at Raj Bhavan on May 03 after historic victory in Assembly election. He has submitted his resignation to the governor Khan. Vijayan is set to be sworn in as chief minister of Kerala for second consecutive term. Communist Party of India (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) retained power in Kerala by winning 99 seats against 41 seats of Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Assembly polls.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, on May 05 said that the situation in West Bengal is very serious and such an atmosphere was created in 2001 when CPI(M) was making an exit. "At that time Mamata Banerjee got 60 seats. There was political violence in some areas. This time, it is happening across the state. People of a particular community are being attacked. As Nadda ji said, the situation is similar to what happened at the time of partition," said Adhikari when asked about the post-poll violence in the state.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was seen watching election trends of state assembly elections along with party members. Pinarayi Vijayan is contesting from the Dharmadam Assembly constituency and is currently leading. As per early trends, Communist Party of India (Marxist) is leading on 56 seats while Indian National Congress on 24 seats. Communist Party of India is ahead on 15, BJP on 3.
The country is facing unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases and due to it, Kerala Government imposed a nine-day lockdown to contain disease transmission in the second wave of COVID. On May 08, the streets wore deserted looked and remained silent in Thiruvananthapuram. Only essential services will be allowed during this period. The state-wide lockdown will be enforced from May 8 to 16, 2021.
24 states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have more than 15% positivity rate for COVID-19 in their daily infections, informed Union Health Ministry. "Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar have a high caseload," said Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary (Health) while addressing a press conference in Delhi.
Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman held a roadshow at Kuthuparamba in Kannur district and accused Left of doing politics of violence in Kerala and Bengal. "You vote for BJP, you won't be given water and won't be allowed to open business in your village. Your survival is at stake. Their politics depend on corruption, violence and appeasement of minorities. Left is doing politics of violence in Kerala and Bengal," said Finance Minister. Assembly elections for 140 constituencies will be held on April 6.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cast his vote at a polling booth in Pinarayi on April 06. A total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 957 candidates in the fray. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.