Polling began at 7 am on Tuesday in Kerala for the 140 seats single phase election to the state assembly, amidheavy security. 'Metroman' E Sreedharan, who is the BJP-NDA candidate from Palakkad constituency was among the early voters in the state.
"I have cast my vote, have good expectations", he told reporters after excercising his franchise at a polling booth in Ponnani.
Kerala: 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan arrives at a polling station in Ponnani to cast his vote in the single-phase #AssemblyElections2021 of the state— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2021
He is BJP's candidate from Palakkad pic.twitter.com/VkxhI7JISX
BJP will have an impressive show this time, there's no doubt about it. I will win from the Palakkad constituency with a big margin. My entry into BJP has given a different image to the party: 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan, BJP candidate#KeralaElectionspic.twitter.com/ZMTsChpBuE— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2021
Long queues were seen in several polling stations much before the polling began. Kerala had witnessed a fierce campaign in the run up to the polls by the ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Opposition Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP led NDA.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, seven of his cabinet colleagues, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy are among the 957 candidates in fray in the state.
Voting is underway with strict adherance to COVID-19 protocol across the 40,771 polling stations in the state where 2. 74 crore voters will decide the fate of the contestants.
The total electorate includes 1,32,83,724 male voters, 1,41,62,025 female voters and 290 transgenders, according to election commission figures.
A total number of 202402 polling personnel will ensure the smooth conduct of the elections and 97 per cent of the officials have been vaccinated, election commission sources said.