By winning 99 of the 140 seats in Kerala, the Left Democratic Front not only managed a strong victory, it also did so after completing a five-year term. The return to power for the LDF broke a long cycle of one-term governments in the State. The LDF also managed to win more seats compared to 2016 and significantly improve upon its poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The CPI(M) and the CPI were the best performing parties in terms of their vote shares in the seats contested. The LDF came a close second in one of the three regions in the State, while winning the other two; its performance was strong across general/reserved segments (except for the ST section, where the UDF won marginally higher). The LDF's victory margins were also substantial across seats and transcended the rural/urban divide. Among UDF partners, the Congress had a lower strike rate compared to the IUML.
Mapping the 2021 results
The map depicts the seat-wise winners in the 2021 election.
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The LDF was triumphant in both the Cochin and Travancore regions but came a bit short in the Malabar region.
Performance in reserved seats
The LDF triumphed over other coalitions in both the general and SC-reserved seats, but its vote share fell marginally short of the UDF in ST-reserved seats.
The LDF's victory margins improved among the 1-5% and 5-15% but declined in the >15% segment.
Vote share ranges
In 109 seats, the LDF's vote share was more than 40% in contrast to the UDF, which got such shares in only 64 seats. NDA's vote share was less than 30%.
Performance in rural and urban seats
Only in the urban areas did the UDF triumph over the LDF in terms of vote share (42% vs 41%). In all other areas, the LDF was either marginally (semi-urban, rural) or way ahead (semi-rural areas).
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