Kerala Assembly elections 2021: Constituency Watch

Parties hope to sway voters with development plank

The issues that affected the outcome of the last Assembly elections in Idukki are no longer in currency. An important factor this time is that the P.J. Joseph faction and the Jose K. Mani faction of the undivided Kerala Congress(M) are now part of rival coalitions.

While the Jose K. Mani faction moved to the Left Democratic Front (LDF), the P.J. Joseph faction remained with the United Democratic Front (UDF). The undivided Kerala Congress (M) had considerable influence among settler farmers in the district.

The plantation constituencies of Peerumade, Udumbanchola, and Devikulam with a large concentration of Tamil voters stood with the LDF in the last elections while the Kerala Congress (M) represented Idukki and Thodupuzha. The Congress had just a single member from Idukki in the last Assembly.

Panel reports

The Kasturirangan-Gadgil reports were raised in Assembly constituencies, especially in the high ranges, as the main poll issue in the last polls. However, after five years, these issues are on the back-burner and the district is going to the polls with the mainstream parties focussing on general issues and the development agenda they have put forward.

In the last Lok Sabha elections, the Western Ghats reports were a non-issue and it did not influence the electorate.

In 2014, the Kasturirangan committee recommended 37% of the Western Ghats be declared ecologically sensitive. Of the 123 villages within the ecologically sensitive area (ESA) limits, 48 were in Idukki. People in the region feared that it would deprive them of their basic rights over land and eventually they would be evicted.


The Idukki-based people’s movement High Range Samrakshana Samiti (HRSS) organised large-scale protests against the report. The HRSS is an umbrella organisation of various religious groups under the Church formed for the protection of farmers’ rights. Though formed as a non-political organisation, it soon gained political colour and won the Lok Sabha seat with the support of the LDF and successfully fielded candidates in the local body polls in 2015.

The HRSS is not in the frame in the coming Assembly elections. It also did not contest the recent local body elections.

District Congress Committee president Ibrahimkutty Kallar said the Congress would raise State- and district-level issues in the Assembly elections.

Farmers’ issues

“Farmers are facing many issues such as control over constructions, wild animal attacks, and buffer zone issues in areas bordering forests,” he said.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary K.K. Jayachandran said the Western Ghats reports still had relevance in Idukki though they were out of the election scene now.

The LDF would raise developmental activities initiated by the State government and the recently announced ₹12,000-crore special package for the district.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 18, 2021 8:50:12 PM |

In This Series
Close contest on the cards in Chirayinkeezhu
Kerala Assembly elections | Development, drinking water make it a do-or-die battle for the Attingal seat
It’s quite a prestige issue to win Wadakkanchery
Kerala Assembly Elections | Triangular contest in Muvattupuzha
Kerala Assembly Elections | Perumbavoor gears up for a tough poll battle
Kerala Assembly polls | Line-up, campaign themes hog the limelight
Kerala Assembly polls | Fronts tread Pathanamthitta terrain with care
Kerala Assembly Elections | From IT infra to protection of faith, Kazhakuttam covers all
Kerala Assembly Elections | ‘Deal’ allegation hangs over Chengannur electioneering
Kerala Assembly Elections | Former allies in a pulsating face-off in Kaduthuruthy
Kerala Assembly Elections | ‘Loyalty’ factor may come into play in Idukki
Kerala Assembly Elections | A three-way, neck-and-neck tussle in Thrissur
Kerala Assembly Elections | A secure red fortress shows signs of faltering
LDF senses a chance for victory in Kalamassery
Interesting poll battle in Perambra
Battle of prestige in Kunnamangalam
Not a cakewalk for the prime contenders
IT land hosts a fierce fight
No easy choice in Kanjirappally
Catapulted to the spotlight by a candidate
A straight fight on the cards in Angamaly
No favourites for the nascent seat
Battle for Koduvally hots up
Kerala Assembly Elections | Congress banks yet again on Satheesan in Paravur
Battle of images in Thripunithura
No surprise candidates in Cong. list for Ernakulam
Church row a key factor in Kothamangalam
Battle lines drawn in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta
No political front is expecting a cakewalk this time
LDF seeks to cash in on UDF woes
Kerala Assembly polls | Tightrope walk for the Congress
Kerala Assembly Elections | Infighting, factional feud, personality politics plague Congress, CPI(M) and BJP
A ‘red fort’ that shows chances of colour change
Discontent in IUML against Majeed in Tirurangadi
Fronts swear by development plans to woo voters
Kerala Assembly Elections | A Left citadel that has favoured Congress too
LDF, UDF hopeful in Neyyattinkara, cautious too
Veteran and newcomer in fight for coastal seat
It’s Mani legacy vs Mani namesake in Pala
Kozhikode South: no unwavering loyalty here
In Azhikode, there’s always room for surprise
You are reading
Parties hope to sway voters with development plank
Clear picture on Vadakara candidates yet to emerge
An impenetrable fortress of the Left so far
Shifting loyalties leave parties confused
In traditional LDF bastion, UDF hopes to break ground
LDF, UDF tussle for Cherthala as NDA keeps hopes
Parassala constituency: an oscillating segment
An even game in Perumbavoor
Rahul’s base Wayanad a status symbol for UDF
Nadapuram voters may have a déjà vu
A few challenges for the Left in its bastion
Kovalam has no extreme loyalty
Kunnathur has mostly leaned towards the Left
Wadakkanchery, a prestige issue for fronts
Rubber heartland presents a hotbed of possibilities
Attingal - a Left citadel with laurels equally shared
In Ernakulam, a test of political theories
A UDF bastion that went the LDF way last time
Vallikkunnu, an IUML bastion by default
Will the CPI(M) continue its winning streak in Koyilandy?
When Kuttiyadi constituency witnessed a break from the past
Equations could see a change in Kasaragod
In Thiruvambady, small margins are the big concern
When UDF lost its upper hand in Mananthavady
Vadakara, a socialist bastion with Marxist vote base
Aluva remains a traditional Congress citadel
Kondotty, an IUML fortress that is hard to breach
Shifting loyalties with a tilt towards Congress
Twists and turns of Alappuzha’s poll graph
In Muvattupuzha, unpredictable shifts in voting patterns
Where polls are special for many reasons
Next Story