After months of rigorous campaigning for assembly elections, Kerala goes to polls on Monday. A total of 1203 candidates are contesting for the 140 assembly seats.
8:17pm: Exit polls: Today's Chanakya
Elections Seat Projection:
LDF : 75 ± 9 Seats
UDF : 57 ± 9 Seats
BJP+ :08 ± 4 Seats
Others:0 ± 1 Seats
8.15pm: Official quote : 71.7% voting recorded in 2016 Kerala assembly polls according to State Election Commission. Here's a breakup.
8pm: NewsNation predicts hung assembly in Kerala:
7.15pm: IndiaToday-AxisMyIndia exit polls out.
LDF : 88-101
UDF : 38-48
NDA : 0-3
OTHERS : 1-4
IndiaTV C-Voter survey
UDF : 58
LDF : 78
NDA : 2
OTHERS : 2
5.00 pm: Total : 70.35%
4.10pm: VS Achuthananthan casts his vote at 63 number booth in Ambalapuzha, Alapuzha. "LDF will win with massive majority," he told reporters. "Their lotus would only wilt in some pond or the other," he said in response to a question about BJP's chances in opening account in Kerala legislature.
3.40pm: While 57.54% voting was recorded till 3pm on Monday, 61.2% was recorded in 2011 Assembly elections till 3pm.
3.30pm: While over 50% in 13 districts of Kerala have cast their votes, capital city yet to cross even 45%.
3.15pm: 8 hours of polling registers 57.54% voting; 3 hours to go. Here's a breakup.
2.15pm: Female voters turn up in large numbers in Ernakulam to cast their maiden vote in the backdrop of JIsha murder.
2.15pm: Pinarayi predicts annihilation of UDF in this election, VS rubbishes Chandy's dreams to continue in power!
2.10pm: Seven hours polling registers around 46.5% voting.
2.10pm: Booth officer at Alappuzha booth number 40 suspended for mishandling distribution of voter slips.
2.00pm: EC arranges for 'dholi' services in various constituencies to ensure the old and ailing too are able to cast their votes.
1.20 pm- Kerala records 43.88% polling till 1 pm. Here is a breakup.
12.25pm: SNDP General Secretary Vellapally Natesan casts his vote at a booth in Kanichukulangara in Alappuzha district.
12.15pm: Wayand shows the way with 40% voting recorded at 12 noon. Capital city yet to latch on to the rest.
12.12pm: Drenched Kerala voting percentage hovering around 35% after 5 hours of polling.
11.30am: Minister K Babu at Thrippunithura girls High school.
11:25am: LDF candidate KB Ganesh Kumar waiting to cast his vote in a booth in Pathanapuram.
11:20am: "BJP brings with them communal disturbances and the left is known for their violent politics. I am sure that people will realize this and support UDF policies," said VM Sudheeran KPCC President.
11:15am: "Whatever they say about BJP not being able to open account in Kerala is not true. This time there will be a change," BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan.
11.05am: Four hours into polling, Kerala registers 24% voting.
11am: PWD Minister VK Ebrahim Kunju arrives at Alangad Govt Higher Secondary School to cast his vote.
10:40am: Shashi Tharoor says UDF rule will continue and that allegations against the government will not affect them.
10:30am: CM Oommen Chandy says UDF will win and that "UDF is contesting as a single party-with unity". "BJP will not be able to open account. But the extent of UDF win will be determined by the people of Puthupally," said Chandy speaking in Puthupally where he had come with his family to vote.
10:25am: Home minister Ramesh Chennithala arrives to cast his vote.
10.20am: Actor Dileep cast his vote at a booth in Aluva.
10.15am: Former Finance Minister Thomas Issac cast his vote at Alappuzha Kidangamparambu school.
10.10am: Three hours into polling, voting percentage between 15% to 21% on an average.
10:00am: Actor Mammootty arrives at Panampilly nagar booth to cast his vote.
9.55am: Northern Kerala up and going while Southern Kerala hems and haws its way to the booths.
9.50am: Voting at a steady pace despite rains lashing the state; Interestingly coastal areas register heavy polling.
9.40am: Candles shed light on voters in Kasargod with many booths reeling under power outages.
9:30am: Jake C Thomas (26) casts his first assembly election vote. He is contesting against incumbent CM Oommen Chandy (73).
9.30am: Voting yet to begin at Kanjikuzhi booth in Alapuzha due to poor light.
9.05am: KM Mani casts his vote in Pala; confident about UDF win.
9.05am: Two hours into polling, voting percentage ranges from 7.78 to 9.25%.
8.35am: Former Meghalaya Governor MM Jacob flies in from Bangalore to cast his vote.
8.35am: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam arrives at Vattiyurkavu Jawahar Nagar booth to cast his vote-a first vote indeed. "As the first citizen, I ask everyone to cast their votes. Today, I have cast mine," he said.
8.30am: VS Achuthananthan considers the rains as a 'good omen' to usher in the much-needed change.
8.22am: Actor Dulquer Salmaan arrives to cast his vote.
8.15am: Actor and LDF candidate Mukesh cast his vote.
8.10am: Three-time Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony cast his vote. He predicts more seats for UDF than last time while BJP will come to naught!
8.05am: 4.2 per cent polling recorded in the first hour, as opposed to 4.7 per cent in 2011 Assembly polls.
8am: 4.2 per cent polling recorded; Polling slogs along in Thiruvananthapuram and Central Kerala due to continuous drizzle.
7.50 am: Kalpetta, Kannur, Nilambur, Vazhikadavil, Kuttipuram quite a few voting machines
7.45am: A voter named Kunju Mohammed dies at a a polling booth in Kuttipuram.
7.45am: 3 per cent polling recorded so far.
7.35am: Voting at Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
7.35am: Congress Aruvikkara candidate Sabarinath casts his vote.
7.30am: LDF candidate MV Nikesh Kumar cast his vote at Barnassery UP school in Kannur district.
7.30am: Rain in many parts of Kerala seems to be slowing down polling.
7.15am: NDA candidate Sreesanth casts his vote in Edapally.
7am: Polling begins; CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan, Shibu Baby John, cast their votes.
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