When the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, decided to pitch his tent in Wayanad as the United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate in the beginning of April, the decision attracted national attention. Despite the media underplaying the RG effect, the clear sweep indicates that Rahul factor was a game changer in Kerala. The Congress-led UDF walked away with 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, even as the Left barely managed to win the Alappuzha seat with a small margin and the BJP drew a blank.
Most constituencies saw intense three-cornered contests amid a do or die battle staged by the BJP. For various reasons and particularly going by the state’s track record in the past Lok Sabha elections, the majority of Kerala’s population seemed to have ultimately voted in favor of peace, stability, communal amity, socio-development factors disregarding the hate spewed by the Right-Wing.