Kerala was expected to be a fight between the ruling Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front. But the Congress led-UDF has surged ahead on 18 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is leading in the Wayanad constituency by more than 4 lakh votes.
The seats which are in the national spotlight are Wayanad, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram. In the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting against Thushar Vellappally of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena and CPI’s PP Suneer. Pathanamthitta was the epicentre of the Sabarimala protests last year and the saffron party would be hoping that the religious fervour works in their favour.
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Tamil Nadu is witnessing a two-way contest between the NDA and the UPA. While the BJP has formed an alliance with the ruling AIADMK, the Congress are fighting elections in the state along with DMK. The DMK alliance is currently leading on 35 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
DMK leader Kanimozhi and Congress candidate Karti P Chidambaram are among the key candidates leading in the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
Kanimozhi was leading state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan by over 32,000 votes in Tuticorin. Congress candidate from Sivaganga Karti P Chidambaram was leading BJP’s H Raja by 13,000 votes.
In the 2014 general elections, AIADMK had swept 37 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. BJP had won the lone seat of Kanyakumari. Karunanidhi-led DMK could not win a single seat despite getting over 23% of the vote share.