Leaders happy with high turnout, claim victory
Pinning their hopes on the high turnout of voters in the early hours in Kerala, political parties and their leaders claimed that the high voting percentage was an indication that it would favour their respective candidates.
Top leaders of Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and BJP claimed that the high turnout was an indication that people wanted a strong government at the Centre.
Though the main fight was between the Congress and the CPI(M), the BJP was also in the fray in the hope of realising long standing dream that the Lotus will bloom at least in one constituency this time in Kerala.
After casting his vote, the optimistic KPCC president V M Sudheeran said the UDF would get a 'handsome verdict' in the polls.
Rejecting the allegation of the CPI(M) that the 2004 would repeat in Kerala, he said his feeling was a repetition of 1977.
People of the state were taking this election very seriously, he said, adding since the people understand the central and state politics very much, the result would be a comprehensive assessment of the UPA and the UDF governments. More
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... Defence Minister and senior Congress leader A K Antony, after casting his vote at a booth in Thiruvananthapum, he said the people of the state were with the Congress and the UDF.
Claiming that the Congress would register an all time record win in this general election, he claimed that LDF would lose lose their four sitting seats.
On BJP's claim that the party would open its account in the state, Mr Antony said the BJP, which was claiming it would form the government at the centre, would fail to open its ccount in these elections as well.
Expressing confidence that the higher turnout was an indication that the CPI(M) would sweep the election, a confident CPI(M) state unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the Congress could not win a single state in the sate.
LDF's supremacy and widespread acceptance were evident across the state during the election campaign, Mr vijayan said. After the election the UDF and its government would crumble, he claimed.
'The brisk pooling and high turnout of voters since morning was also an indication of the ire of the people against the UDF and the Congress', he added.
Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthandan also claimed that he had visited almost all the constituencies across the state as part of electioneering and the response from the people was overwhelming as they wanted the Congress to be defeated.
The people were against the Congress because of rampant corruption, steep price rise and attacks against women. They would elect for the LDF, the veteran claimed. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Congress in the state has been giving a glittering performance and response from the people was very encouraging across the state.
Alleging that the people hated CPI(M)'s violent politics, he said they were expecting a strong and a secular government at the centre under the Congress. The people would accept the UPA and the UDF government.
Claiming that the BJP would perform well and there were chances to win at least two seats in the state, its state unit president V Muralidharan said the BJP was pinning its hopes on winning Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
The higher turnout, according to him, would favour the BJP and would send their candidate O Rajagopal to the Lok sabha.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala's also said Congress would register a historic victory in the state.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)