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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Left poised for victories in Kerala and West Bengal

[b]Left poised for victories in Kerala and West Bengal [/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 13 April ( [/b]The Marxist led alliances in Kerala and West Bengal are set to sweep the assembly elections, pollsters say based on popular mood in the two states. While it is retaining power in West Bengal , the victory in Kerala would mean a return to power after a gap of five years when the Congress led front was in the Thiruvananthapuram saddle.

In the crucial Tamilnadu state the winner is still unclear with a neck to neck fight between the reigning deity Jayalalithaa and the challenger Karunanidhi. Both the Communists and the Sonia Congress are truly bit players in the state.

The projections as of now are that the CPI (M) led Left front would sweep the elections in West Bengal . Maverick and mercurial Mamata Bannerjee's Trinamul Congress is no challenger. In fact it may end up with a nine percent shortfall in popular vote and that would mean just around 30 seats to it and its ally BJP, the poll conducted by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) for The Hindu and TV channel CNN-IBN, says.

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