At Manjeswaram in Kasaragod, where party state president K Surendran put up a strong fight, it lost by a narrow margin of 745 votes
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP drew a blank in the Kerala assembly elections, failing to retain even Nemom, which party leaders often referred to as “BJP’s Gujarat in Kerala”.
What could offer some solace is that the party finished second in 8 seats.
At Manjeswaram in Kasaragod, where party state president K Surendran put up a strong fight, it lost by a narrow margin of 745 votes to the Indian Union Muslim League candidate.
Apart from Manjeswaram, Surendran contested from Konni in Pathanamthitta. The leader who was also the face of BJP during the Sabarimala agitations was relegated to third position in the constituency where the temple is situated.
At Kazhakkoottam, where BJP’s Sobha Surendran raised the issue aggressively against sitting MLA and devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran, BJP finished second. The minister retained the seat by 23,497 votes.
However, the real jolt came from Nemom where BJP won for the first time in 2016. Nemom had emerged as a major arena even before campaigning had begun. In the tightly-contested fight, former CPM MLA from Nemom V Sivankutty defeated BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan by over 5,750 votes.
The last iota of hope was with ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan in Palakkad but the 88-year-old technocrat lost to sitting Congress MLA Shafi Parambil by 3,863 votes.