Thiruvananthapuram: On Thursday, one person died at a rally in Kannur in Kerala after alleged supporters of the BJP clashed with activists of the Left, who were celebrating the party’s return to power.
The LDF or Left Democratic Front has won the state election today, winning 91 of 140 seats. The Congress-led UDF alliance won a modest 47 seats; for the first time, the BJP has won a seat in the state legislature.
The person killed today was a supporter of the CPM.
The run up to the election was marked by outbursts of violence between cadres of the Left and the BJP’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS.
Political activists for both sides were killed.