Thiruvanathapuram, May 19: The CPI(M)-led LDF on Thursday, May 19 returned to power in Kerala getting a comfortable majority dealing a huge blow to the ruling Congress-led UDF while BJP created history making its debut.
In the 140-member assembly, LDF won 91 seats, UDF 47, BJP and Independents, one each.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Marxist Veteran V S Achutanandan and congratulated him for the LDF's resounding victory.
Immediately after the poll results were out, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the poll outcome was a "setback" and they had not expected such a defeat.
Catch all the LIVE UPDATES here, as the day unfolds and decides the fate of UDF, LDF and other parties who contested in Kerala on 140 assembly seats. Magic number to come in power is 71.
10.30 pm: End of Updates.
10.18 pm: BJP comes 2nd in six places in Kerala; loses one seat by 89.
9.59 pm: CPM's Pinarayi Vijayan met party worker who got injured during bomb explosion in LDF victory rally in Kannur.
9.18 pm: J Maxi of CPI-M defeated sitting MLA Dominic Presentation of Congress in Kochi by 1,086 votes.
8.55 pm: Violence mars post-poll celebrations in Kerala, CPI-M worker killed.
8.43 pm: PM congratulates Achutanandan.
8.33 pm: S Sharma of CPI-M retained Vypen seat by margin of 19,353 votes, defeating Congress's K R Subash.
8.28 pm: In Paravur V D Satheeshan of Congress won by a margin of 20634 defeating CPI's Saradaha Mohan.
7.54 pm: Anoop Jacob from UDF wins by a margin of 6,195 votes in Piravom constituency.
7:30 pm: RMP office at Thattolikkara attacked.
7:20 pm: CPI(M) workers attacked BJP worker's house at Peruvattur in Koyilandy.
7:15 pm: Martyr's column of RMP leader TP Chandrasekharan who was hacked to death by hired goons vandalised in Vallikkad.
7:10 pm: RMP's election office at Vadakkara in rural Kozhikode was destroyed by CPI(M) activists.
7:00 pm: Re-counting starts at Wadakkanchery.
6.35 pm: Oommen Chandy to submit resignation to Kerala Governor tomorrow (Friday, May 20) at 10 am.
6.00 pm: Only 5 women MLAs in Kerala Assembly this time.
5.00 pm: Country Bomb attack on a CPI(M) rally in Pinarayi, Kannur. One cadre called Raveendran died, four injured. CPIM blames RSS.
4.45 pm: Mahadevan wins, Appukuttan loses.
4.37 pm: LDF- 92, UDF- 46, NDA-1, Others-1
4.35 pm: "We salute the people of Kerala for the faith they have reposed in the LDF, assure that we will fulfil the promises made", says Sitaram Yechury.
These results confirm what we had said during campaign about a match-fixing between BJP & UDF: Sitaram Yechury pic.twitter.com/ojg6qF4K7H— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016
4.15 pm: According to Election Commission, LDF wins 79 seats, UDF- 42, NDA-2 and Others -2.
4.00 pm: DMK's M Subramaninam wins in Saidapet.
3.45 pm: "In Kerala, BJP's vote share has increased from 6 to nearly 15%", says BJP President Amit Shah.
3.30 pm: BJP has performed well in all five states. I thank the people of all states for their support, says Amit Shah.
Today, the country has moved two steps forward, giving impetus to our campaign "Congress mukht Bharat": Amit Shah pic.twitter.com/xhpl5cPmyj— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016
3.15 pm: Aryadan Shoukat unable to carry forward father's legacy, loses in Nilambur.
3.00 pm: LDF- 92, UDF- 46, NDA-1, Others -1.
2.45 pm: In Kerala, we have increased our vote share from 6 to 18-20 %, says K Rajasekharan, BJP Kerala state President.
2.42 pm: Winner LDF distributes red laddoos in Kerala.
2.30 pm: Former CM Karunakaran's daughter Padmaja loses on his turf, son Muraleedharan wins.
2.25 pm: Actor-turned-politician Mukesh celebrates with party cadres after winning.
2.20 pm: Recounting in Manjeshwar over. No change in result. UDF retains Manjeshwar by 89 votes.
2.15 pm: Defeated UDF candidate in Kochi, Dominic Presentation, says rebel and efforts from within the party, lead to his defeat.
2.09 pm: Outgoing Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennitala wins Haripad constituency.
2.07 pm: Outgoing Kerala CM Oommen Chandy wins Puthupally, Kottayam district with over 27,000 votes
2.05 pm: M Vincent wins in Kovalam.
2.00 pm: LDF- 92, UDF- 46, NDA-1, Others -1.
1.45 pm: Sobha Surendran loses in Palakkad.
1.40 pm: CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan, "Kerala's next chief minister will be picked by the victorious Left Democratic Front (LDF)".
1.35 pm: "This is a huge win for LDF in Kerala, will bring development for Kerala & take ppl towards a new direction", says CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat.
1.30 pm: LDF- 91, UDF- 47, NDA-1, Others -1.
1.25 pm: MLA KS Sabarinathan of Congress wins against AA Rasheed of CPI(M) in Aruvikkara constituency by 21,314 votes.
1.19 pm: PM Narendra Modi congratulates VS Achuthanandan.
1.15pm: Kadannappalli Ramachandran wins in Kannur.
1.00 pm: LDF- 91, UDF- 47, NDA-1, Others -1.
12.59 pm: "It is the victory of the people against the corruption and misrule of the UDF", says Pinarayi Vijayan.
12.51 pm: Journalist MV Nikesh Kumar loses poll after an all-out campaign.
12.50 pm: LDF wins 8 out of 9 constituencies in Alappuzha.
12.48 pm: "It is off course disappointing, we will be a constructive opposition", says Shashi Tharoor.
12.45 pm: "A loss is a loss and we accept it. The party will discuss its future course", says Oommen Chandy.
"It was an unexpected setback. We were successful in stopping the BJP from making big gains. Don't think giving tickets to tainted ministers destroyed our chance", says Chandy.
12.40 pm: K Muraleedharan wins in Vattiyoorkavu.
12.35 pm: Former CM Mr Karunakaran's daughter Ms Padmaja Venugopal (UDF) loses to LDF's Mr VS Sunilkumar in Thrissur.
12.30 pm: Kadakampilly Surendran wins in Kazhakoottam.
12.25 pm: "Remarkable win by LDF. Congress and UDF helped communal forces open account", says Pinarayi Vijayan.
12.20 pm: LDF- 92, UDF- 46, NDA-1, Others -1.
12.15 pm: CPI(M) leader M M Mani wins by 2376 votes.
12.10 pm: K Muraleedharan is leading in Vattiyoorkavu.
12.05 pm: VS Achuthanandan wins by 27,148 votes and defeats UDF's VS Joy from Malampuzha constituency.
12 noon: LDF-90, UDF-48, BJP-1, Others-1
11.50 am: Former excise minister K Babu loses in Pala, says, "We have taken a major hit in minority areas".
11.48 am: KM Mani wins in Pala, says "Everyone was haunting me, media also attacked me. They said I had note counting machine".
11.46 am: K Sabarinath wins from Aruvikkara constituency in Thiruvananthapuram district.
11.44 am: "Thanks to all the supporters for all the love and respect..will surly keep working for the people", Sreesanth tweets.
Congrats sir..Rajagopal sir..totally deserved victory..it's just the beginning..gods grace— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) May 19, 2016
11.42 am: NDA candidate tribal leader CK Janu loses Sulthan Bathery seat.
11.40 am: Former journalist MN Nikesh Kumar loses Azhikode, Kannur district.
I salute all those who built the BJP in Kerala, brick by brick, decade after decade. It is due to them that we are seeing this day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016
In Kerala, the persistence of the Party has paid off today & we will become an even stronger voice of the people. @BJP4Keralam— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016
I thank the people of Assam, WB, TN, Puducherry & Kerala for their support & assure them we will always work hard & serve them.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016
11.38 am: MV Nikesh kumar of CPI(M) loses first electoral battle by 2462 votes. KM Shaji of Muslim League retains Azhikode.
11.36 am: UDF's Padmaja Venugopal loses in Thrissur.
11.34 am: KB Ganesh Kumar of Kerala Congress (B) wins Pathanapuram in Kollam.
11.32 am: BJP wins first ever Assembly seat in Kerala 2016. O Rajagopal wins Nemom seat in Thiruvananthapuram.
11.30 am: S Sivakumar wins Thiruvananthapuram constituency. Sreesanth finishes distant third.
11.28 am: LDF-91, UDF-47, BJP-1, Others-1
11.15 am: LDF cadres take out a victory rally in Kollam, Kerala.
11.00 am: Former union minister and BJP candidate O Rajagopal leads by 8764 votes. Could become Kerala's first BJP MLA.
10.50 am: LDF maintains comfortable lead in all 13 constituencies in Thrissur district.
10.40 am: Heavy rains puts a damper on victory rallies in Kozhikode as LDF leads in Kerala.
10.35 am: LDF- 88, UDF- 50, NDA- 1, Others- 1
10.27 am: George M Thomas of CPI(M) wins by 3,121 votes in Thiruvambady in Kozhikode district.
10.16 am: Oommen Chandy is leading by 6,884 votes in Puthupally over his nearest CPI(M) rival Jaik P Thomas after first round of counting.
10.08 am: Leading-- UDF ministers P K Kunhalikutty, Manjalamkuzhi Ali, A P Anil Kumar, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and P C George from Poonjar and Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal from Nemom is leading by over 2,085 votes.
Trailing-- K Babu, Anoop Jacob, K P Mohan, BJP state President, Kummanam Rajasekharan, (Vattiyoorkavu), V Muraleedharan (Kazhakootam) and K Surendran (Manjeshwaram)
10.05 am: BJP-NDA, which had fielded candidates in all constituencies, is ahead in only one constituency and is trailing in all others.
10.02 am: LDF- 86, UDF- 52, NDA- 1, Others- 1
9.56 am: LDF- 89, UDF- 49, NDA- 1, Others- 1
9.48 am: Who is leading at how many seats: LDF- 88, UDF- 48, NDA-3, Others- 1
9.40 am: LDF surges ahead at 87, UDF at 50, NDA leading on 1 seat and Others at 1.
9.35 am: NDA's Ravisha Thantri Kuntar leading from Kasargod seat by 4,517 votes.
9.33 am: LDF leads in 86 seats, UDF-50, NDA-2 and Others lead in 1 seat.
9.15 am: Former CM VS Achuthanandan leading from Malampuzha constituency by 4,056 votes.
9.10 am: Senior CPIM leader Pinari Vijayan leading in Dharmadom constituency by 11,688 votes.
9.07 am: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy leading from Puthupally constituency by 2019 votes.
9.05 am: LDF leading in 59, UDF 47, NDA 2. Sreesanth is third in his constituency, Congress leading.
9.00 am: LDF candidates leading include Ramachandran Kadanapally in Kannur, A M Shamseer (Thalassery), James Mathew (Thalaiparambu) and Mathew T Thomas of JDS in Pathnamthitta. Others are leading in one segment.
8.55 am: Former Finance minister, K M Mani, is leading by 155 votes in Pala.
8.50 am: Kerala Minister A P Anil Kumar (Congress) is leading by 2,325 votes in Wandoor constituency and minister K C Joseph (Congress) is leading by 635 votes at Irrikur in Kannur district.
8.46 am: UDF ahead in 23 seats, LDF leading in 22 seats.
8.40 am: LDF leading in 18 seats, UDF in 7, others 1, NDA still to open it's account.
8.35 am: Actor and former minister Ganesh Kumar (LDF) leading by 70 votes (postal ballots) in Pathanapuram constituency in Kollam (Kerala).
8.32 am: LDF takes lead in 32 seats and UDF is ahead in 16 seats.
8.25 am: LDF leading in 7 seats, UDF in 3 seats.
8.21 am: The ruling-UDF in Kerala sees first ray of hope as it leads in 1 seat.
8.15 am: LDF is leading in two seats.
8.10 am: First trends coming out of Kerala, LDF is leading in 1 seat.
Exit poll results had projected that Oommen Chandy will lose power to the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, IUML leader and Industries minister, P K Kunhalikutty, Kerala Congress (Mani) supremo and former Finance minister, K M Mani, 93-year-old V S Achuthanandan, CPI(M), party Polit Bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan, BJP state president, Kummanam Rajasekharan and cricketer-turned politician Sreesanth are among those who contested the polls.
The two-month long campaign saw the ruling Congress-led UDF and CPI(M) headed LDF engaging in a fierce battle, with BJP-NDA alliance also eyeing to open its account for the first time.
An estimated 2.61 crore electorate had voted to choose their representatives to the 140-member state Assembly. Some 77 per cent of the 26 million electorate voted on May 16.