Kozhikode, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

Representation of Kerala in Union Cabinet to be constituted by Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi would be unlikely as the BJP failed to open account yet again in the soutnern-most state in the just concluded general election.

Registerng a four per cent increase in vote polled, his Bharatiya Janata Party came out blank in the state despite the saffron party scripting a landslide victory in other parts of the country, thus unable to aspire for a cabinet berth.

The principal political formations in the state - the United Democratic Front and the Left Democratic Front led by the Congress and the CPI (M) -- walked away with 12 and 8 seats respectively.

In Thiruvanthapuram, the party candidate and former Union Minister O Rajagopal gave a photo-finish fight to his nearest rival Sashi Tharoor, but was unsuccessful as the latter retained the seat with a margin of 15,470 votes.

Rajagopal polled 2,82,336 as against Dr Tharoor's tally of 2,97,806.

However, political pundits did not rule out chances of Rajagopal making a come back as happened earlier when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inducted him as State Minister in the previous National Democratic Alliance government.

Rajagopal represented Madhya Pradesh in the Upper House from 1992 to 2004.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)