Kannur local bodies poll results leave all parties happy
The local body election results in the district have all the ingredients that can make the Left Democratic Front (LDF), the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) jubilant, even though the outcome has not largely deviated from the electoral fortunes of the major contestants in the 2010 election.
Barring the UDF’s embarrassment of having to depend on a rebel candidate to secure the new Kannur Corporation that comprised areas of the UDF-controlled Kannur municipality, the UDF tally is more or less the same as that in 2010 polls. The LDF won 52 panchayats out of 71 panchyats and the UDF 19 as against the 53 and 28 respectively in 2010 when the number of panchayats was 81. The UDF wrested the Taliparamba municipality from the LDF, which was a foregone conclusion after Anthur was delinked from it to form a separate municipality. Anthur is the CPI(M)’s pocket borough as all the 28 seats went to it, including the 14 wards where its candidates had no opponents.
Where the UDF lost the numbers in the grama panchayats, it gained in the new municipalities.
It won the Panur municipality by winning 23 of the 39 wards. In the Iritty municipality, the UDF with its 15 seats is in a precarious position as the LDF secured 13 seats and the BJP five.
In the Sreekantapuram municipality, the two UDF rebels hold the key to make or mar the UDF prospects as the UDF and LDF tally is 15 and 13 respectively. Traditional LDF strongholds — Koothuparamba, Payyannur and, Thalassery municipalities — remain politically unchanged.
The UDF which had exuded the confidence that it will win the maiden election to the Kannur Corporation is now dependent on a high-profile Congress rebel P.K. Rakesh, who was a close confidant of party leader K. Sudhakaran till recently when he broke away from the Sudhakaran camp in the Congress. The UDF’s poor performance in the Corporation election is attributed to the presence of rebels.
The LDF and the UDF in the Corporation won 27 seats each and Mr. Rakesh, who is all set to support the UDF, is expected to play a key role in the new dispensation.
While the LDF has the satisfaction of having retained the district panchayat, the UDF is jubilant that it has increased its numbers in the panchayat from six in 2010 to nine now in the 24-member panchayat. In the outgoing 26-member district panchayat, the LDF which had 20 seats, has now come down to 15, including an Independent.
Of the 11 block panchayats, the LDF has pocketed all as against 10 in the last election.
As the election here is being keenly watched for the performance of the BJP, which had claimed that it would win dozens of seats this time as against 12 seats it secured in the 2010 election, the party is happy winning 31 seats, including 15 seats in the municipalities.
The seats it has won in the municipalities include six seats in Thalassery, five in Iritty, three in Panur and one in Taliparamba.
UDF to rule new Corporation; LDF wins 52 panchayats out of 71