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The BJP vote share had gone up by 3.
Kerala Assembly polls: Close contest on the cards; BJP may become kingmaker
However, the trend started changing in the last one decade. However, the variation on both occasions was very marginal. If the last Lok Sabha and local body election trend is any indication, the LDF should win the 16 May election hands down. The historical pattern of Kerala throwing out incumbent government also favours the opposition front.
He feels that the Communist movement may become irrelevant in Kerala if the Ezhavas desert the CPM and the CPI, as they have not been able to make any major inroads into the 45 percent minorities, who traditionally backed the UDF.
However, political observers like Jacob George rules out immediate possibility of this. He said that it would not be easy for those who have been supporting the party since its inception to change their affiliation.
According to Jacob, only the creamy layer among the Ezhava community, who supported the UDF traditionally, had switched sides. This explains the major erosion in the UDF vote share in the local body elections. Though the party had managed to forge an alliance with the UDF, it failed to gain traction. This forced the SNDP to wound up the party two decades later. Party politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan says that the BJP will not be able to fulfil its dream of opening account in the State Assembly.
He claimed that the LDF will come to power with more than seats this time.
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His confidence stems from absence of any anti-incumbency signs in the election front. Moreover, some of the pre-poll surveys have found Chandy as the most popular, despite the sleaze and corruption scams battled by him and many of his cabinet colleagues. The confusion created by the CPM over its chief ministerial candidate by fielding politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan and opposition leader VS Achuthanandan also seems to have helped Chandy.
The chief minister said he was hopeful that the people will give UDF another chance as they want development. He said they were not expecting LDF to meet their aspirations since it has always opposed all major development initiatives.
Despite the high voltage campaign by all the three political combinations, no wave in favour of anybody is perceptible in this election. This indicates a neck and neck race. Political observers also do not rule out the possibility of BJP emerging as a kingmaker in the event of a punctured verdict. Such a scenario could plunge the state into political uncertainty since both the fronts still consider BJP untouchable.
The CPM does not foresee any such possibility. For instance, on one small stretch of road in Quilon, more than a dozen arches greeted the soccer teams.
And football fans in Quilon paid a total of Rs 1. The contestants themselves attracted attention elsewhere. Women weight-lifters set the backwaters on lire when they rewrote the National Games records at Ernakulam in a discipline they were introduced to just three years ago.
Badminton buffs were treated to scintillating strokeplay by Prakash Padukone at Udhyogmandal near Ernakulam where Padukone expectedly won the singles. The swimmers and athletes were also a big draw. Reltha Chakravarthy Sports fans lined up for six hours to watch the opening ceremony at the main stadium.
Even those protesting against the delay in getting their pay packets before Christinas from the state Government described the Rs 1. Agreed Chief Minister E. The minute ceremony went off with clockwork precision. The strains of the panchavadyam heralded the arrival of President R.
Venkataraman to declare the games open. School children also dazzled the spectators with a masterly and creative display, using coloured cards. Above the ceremonials rose the competitors who vied for the gold medals.
Only the National Games could provide a fitting showcase for long-jumper Mercy Kuttan 27 and mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old boy - who surpassed younger stars at the sandpit.
Then there was champion Razia Sheikh, a picture of dignity as she lost out in the javelin to Shiny Verghese. Only an occasion like the games could provide pole-vaulter Vijaypal Singh a chance to clear 5.
He had crossed the five - metre barrier once earlier at Athens in The games also put on show the skill of Ski land Dorje who scored points to create a new national record in the 50 metres event in archery. In the 50 metres event for women. Krishna Ghatak also set a new national record logging points. She also bagged golds in the 60 metres and 70 metres events to raise hopes of a better show by India in the Asian Archery Championships at Calcutta this month.
Medalists apart, if there was a real depth of talent in any discipline, it was in swimming. Evidence of this was available in the keen competition between Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Among women, Maharashtra has Sonali Rege, 16, and Fallavi Shetty, 15, replacing the Sood sisters and there are other talented swimmers like Natali Pedder and freed Menon.
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The foursome won the 4 x metres freestyle gold to give Maharashtra an early lead, Karnataka's formidable challenge included two year-old girls - Punitha Gupta and Lorraine Verghese - from Bangalore's Mt Carmel College. In the process, he created a new national record in the 1, metres freestyle. Shattering his own national mark in the event was Wilson Cherian, 23, who clocked 2: However, the sensational swimmer Gaurav Kapoor, 17, the promising Reza Shirazi and Seoul silver medalist Khazan Singh Tokas missed the games for one reason or another.
Bula Choudary, another well - known name, won her butterfly events but looked jaded. The glamour sport of the games - athletics - that began on December 25 was robbed of some sheen when the track queen P.
Usha withdrew from the metres sprint with an ankle injury. Sprinters Zenia Ayrton and Sany Joseph were favourites for the epithet of the fastest woman of the games. But like the proverbial dark horse. Rekha Chakravarthy of West Bengal emerged the winner in a close finish. She beat Sany Joseph to the tape by a very narrow four-hundredth of a second.
An outstanding performance came from a Tamil Nadu teenager in the high jump for women. The wiry Angela Lincy, 16, a school girl from Tirunelveli, recorded the most remarkable rise of the year.
When she cleared 1. But Lincy confirmed her stature by winning the event after clearing 1. Lincy clinched the gold with a leap of 1. She wiped out the previous best of 1. The lanky Lincy who has a fine straddle technique continued her winning streak at Trivandrum and rewrote her own national record as 1. With the current best performance of other Asian athletes in this event being around 1.