After all the twists and turns, Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) leader KK Rema won the Kerala Assembly polls by a margin of 7014 votes from Vadakara. The victory marks a historic moment in Vadakara which witnessed the brutal murder of TP Chandrasekharan, Rema's husband.
Rema won the election against LDF candidate Manayath Chandra with the support of UDF. Rema's candidature has challenged LDF's chances of victory in the seat. In 2012, TP Chandrasekharan was hacked to death and the murder has created political turmoil in the state. Rema had accused top CPM leaders including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, were part of the conspiracy to kill Chandrasekharan, which had put CPM in the dock. Later, twelve people including three CPM leaders were convicted for the murder.
Earlier, the exit poll result of a leading Malayalam organisation has predicted that KK Rema will win the Vadakara assembly constituency in the Kozhikode district. The exit poll predicted that she will amass 36.8 per cent votes.
At this moment, it is important to note that Rema's victory will be sweet revenge on the killers of TP Chandrasekharan. After parting ways with the CPM over ideological differences, TP Chandrasekharan founded the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India in Onchiyam in Kozhikode.
Meanwhile, according to reports, counting has been stopped in Thrissur following a brawl. On the other hand, LDF candidate Veena George won the Kerala Assembly polls from the Aranmula constituency. While interacting with media organisations, she said, "it is a victory for democracy." She further added that there are many people who have prayed for her victory in various places of worship and this victory is the collective victory of Aranmula. Veena George defeated Sivadasan Nair by a majority of 13853 votes.
Also, senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy has confirmed victory from Puthuppally. According to the latest updates, Chandy was leading with a majority of 7426 votes. LDF candidate Jake C Thomas was contesting against Oommen Chandy for the second time in Puthuppally. In 2016, Jakes lost the election to Oommen Chandy by 27,092 votes.