Elections

1203 candidates for Kerala Assembly elections

As many as 1203 candidates are in the arena for Kerala Assembly elections when the time for withdrawal of candidatures ended on Monday.

Poonjar constituency, where former Chief Whip P. C. George is contesting as independent, has the largest number of candidates— 17.

Malappuram district has the highest number of candidates (145) while Wayanad district has lowest (29). UDF is facing rebels in nine constituencies.

Elections: all votes are not counted

Electronic Voting MachineAll the voters who cast their votes in elections do not get their votes counted. This was the situation since electronic voting machines replaced paper based ballot boxes.

More than 7000 votes could not be counted in the last Lok Sabha elections in Kerala because of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting machines at the time of counting.

NDA to restrict sales of liquor through State outlets

BJP vision document release by Arun JaitleyBJP-led National Democratic Alliance promises to put restrictions on sale of liquor through outlets of Kerala State Beverages Corporations in its vision document (election manifesto) released by Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtley here on Saturday.

The document says that sales would be restricted to 250 ml. It also promises land to all landless in two years if the party comes to power in Kerala.

Ten point action plan of the party, proposes among other things:
See Narayana Guru Housing project
Mannam Scholarship Scheme
Interest free agricultural loan
Government jobs for Adivasi youth
Rs.10000 crore package for coastal region

Modi, Shah drive BJP’s big push in Kerala

Criketer S. SreesanthThe BJP is making a big push to open account in the Assembly elections in Kerala. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah have raised their stakes to achieve what is considered an uphill task.

Mr. Modi will be spending six days (May 6 to 11) in Kerala for electioneering while Mr. Shah is to stay put in the State for two weeks (from May 1 to the end of the campaign on May 14). Nine Central Ministers will be joining them for the campaign. Actor Suresh Gopi, who was recently nominated to the Rajaya Sabha, will be everywhere.

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