Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan dedicated the Left Democratic Front’s victory to the people of Kerala during a press conference. However, he asked people to not celebrate due to the Covid-19 situation.
“Today should have been a day of celebrations, however, we should refrain from celebrating due to the current Covid-19 crisis. The actual winners are the people of Kerala. We believe in people and they believe in us,” Vijayan said, adding that it is time to fight Covid-19 together.
Vijayan attacked the opposition for causing problems to the LDF. “LDF faced difficult times in the run-up to the elections. However, the people stood by us through these dark times,” he said.
Vijayan also attacked the BJP central leadership after they announced that they were moving ahead to form a government. “We were told that their current account here would be closed in this election. BJP leaders, including the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Chief Ministers, had come here to campaign,” he said. Vijayan had earlier claimed that BJP had opened their account in Kerala by winning the Nemom seat five years ago. He said that he would close that account during the election campaign.
The Kerala Chief Minister said that the people in the state has witnessed a big political battle. “People are aware that only the LDF is capable of doing something for them. This has reflected in the results. The people have endorsed the last five years of the LDF in the state,” Vijayan said.
Meanwhile, the United Democratic Front (UDF) has gracefully accepted their defeat in the Assembly election results. However, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala will not stop pursuing the corruption of the LDF government.
"We raised a lot of issues of allegations against the Vijayan-led government. None of the issues can be washed away just because they have won the elections. We raised facts and truths. All issues will be discussed when our leaders meet," he said, adding that the Front will introspect the elections as they were not expecting such a result.
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the UDF will come back stronger. "No one should forget that this defeat will deter us, as we have come back very strongly when we suffered the worst reverses...," Chandy said. He also added that the UDF accepts this loss as a setback and will analyse and discuss on the way forward.
Meanwhile, several leaders across India congratulated Vijayan for his party’s victory in Kerala.
Kerala is recording over 30,000 Covid-19 cases daily. Vijayan informed that Kerala recorded 31,950 new Covid-19 cases and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours. He added that the state collected 1,12,635 samples in the last 24 hours, and the Test Positivity Rate is at 28.37%.