Growth rate has trended lower than national average, but the state scores on human development. Polls for the 140-member Kerala Assembly, in a single-phase election on April 6, will see the incumbent, the CPI(M)-led LDF battle it out with the Congress-led UDF.
The state has never returned an incumbent government since the 1980s. Both the UDF and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance are questioning the performance of the LDF on its development and economic record, while also focusing on identity and religious-centric issues.
The political economy context
The last five years, under LDF rule, appear to be an outlier because of several natural disasters that have imperiled key sectors of the state’s economy. In 2017, cyclone Okhi battered the state, followed by extreme rainfall and apocalyptic floods in 2018 and 2019, causing widespread devastation. The state also saw the deadly Nipah virus outbreak in 2018. And then, of course, the pandemic hit Kerala — with the first cases in the country reported from the state.
News Source : Hindustan Times