chapter  10
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UDF bucked the anti-incumbency in Kerala

ByK.M. Sajad Ibrahim

Bipolar coalition politics in Kerala kept intact, as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Modi factor could not bring any impact on the 2014 Lok Sabha election, despite a slight increase in vote share from 2009. The contest was between the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI [M])–led Left Democratic Front (LDF) as in the past, with the BJP also making its presence with rigorous campaigns. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the upper hand gained by the UDF is due to anti-CPI (M) image in the minds of voters. This is evident from the poor response of the people towards its anti-governmental agitations as well as other anti-incumbency campaigns organized by the LDF. The Lok Sabha election was seen as a test for the UDF government. The UDF overpowered the anti-incumbency wave with its victory of 12 seats against 8 seats won by the LDF.