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Vidhan Sabha Elections 2021: LDF Retains Kerala While TMC Sweeps Bengal

Counting of votes to the legislative assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assal and the union territory of Puducherry is now over. Mamata Banerjee and TMK bagged an easy victory in West Bengal, defeating the BJP quite convincingly. DMK came back to power in Tamil Nadu after a long wait of 10 years. The LDF under Pinnarayi Vijayan has retained Kerala; Assam decided to vote for BJP again.

The Assembly elections 2021 were conducted amidst severe rise in Covid-19 cases across India. A 2nd wave has hit the country and created an unprecedented crisis. Hospitals struggle with oxygen supplies and beds, while blood banks are running out of plasma the situation is weak in the country.

Mamta Banerjee's Trinamool Congress secured more than 200 seats out of the 294 seats that were up for grabs. BJP could not make a turn around even after putting out significant rallies and campaigning. "Bengal has managed to save India",said Mamta. Although Mamta was pushed out by BJP's Suvendhu Adhikari in Nandigram.

In the south, Tamil Nadu saw the rise of DMK as it returned to power after 10 years. DMK was successful in defeating its arch rival AIADMK, which also happens to have an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. MK Stalin and his allies held on to their 149 seats and the AIADMK managed to secure 85 seats.

In Kerala, the reigning party LDF won 97 out of the 140 seats and has smashed a 40-year old tradition by getting elected again by the Keralites. The Congress-led UDF managed to win 43 seats. BJP could not even win 1 seat as they had to settle for a duck in Kerala. Pinnarayi Vijayan the leader of LDF and the current Chief Minister of Kerala will continue for another tenure.

In Assam, the ruling BJP managed to hold on by winning 76 out of the 126 seats, to retain power. The disappointing result for Congress was evident in Assam as well.

N Rangaswamy's AINRC-led alliance - of which the BJP is part - won 30 assembly seats while the Congress Party managed to hold 8 seats.