Chengannur, May 27: Kerala’s Chengannur will go to polls tomorrow, on May 28. Election Commission (EC) had announced the polling for Chengannur Assembly seat a few days back. While the last date for filing nominations was on May 10, the counting of votes will be held on May 31. Polling to the Chengannur Assembly seat for which the three major political parties- Communist Party of India (Marxist)- led Left Democratic Front, Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have went all out, will take place tomorrow. Also Read - Farm Bills to be Tabled in Rajya Sabha Today; Oppn Puts United Front, BJP Seeks Support From Regional Parties | Top Points
The CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front has fielded its Alappuzha District Secretary Saji Cherian while Congress has fielded D Vijayakumar. On the other hand, BJP has fielded former state president PS Sreedharan Pillai who had been a pillar of strength during the 2016 Assembly elections. Also Read - Chidambaram Says Farm Bills 2020 Undermine Food Security System, Slams BJP For ‘Maligning’ Cong's 2019 Manifesto
The Chengannur by-election will be a testing ground for the three political parties in the state for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, especially the BJP as it lost to the Congress in the recent Karnataka elections. BJP will be looking at the upcoming by-elections to cement its position in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP’s main ally in Kerala, Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) which joined NDA in 2016 Assembly polls recently had a tiff after the former didn’t give BDJS leader Thushar Vellappally a Lok Sabha seat. Chengannur is one of the seats where BDJS has a strong foothold. Also Read - NIA Busts Major Terror Module, Arrests 9 Suspected Al-Qaeda Operatives For 'Plotting Attacks on Vital Installations'
For the Congress too, this bypoll will be crucial because it will have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While CPI (M) which has a strong hold in the state is in the fray competing with the other two parties which is trying to make a mark in these bypolls.