The LDF positioned itself as a cohesive unit under an able leader who could steer the state through crises like recurrent floods and the Covid pandemic.
Assam voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
Blotched by violence, vicious personal attacks and jingoistic fulminations, polling for one of the most gruelling and long-drawn West Bengal assembly elections concluded on Thursday.
M K Stalin, the 68-year-old DMK president, is all set to become the Chief Minister for the first time.
Kunnathunad, an otherwise low-profile constituency in Ernakulam district, became an electoral hotspot this time with the entry of the Twenty20 Party in the assembly election fray.
He beat BJP candidate Sobha Surendran by a margin of 23,497 votes.
As many as 1,382 personnel would be deployed for counting of votes in the whole of the UT while about 400 police personnel shall be on security duties.
No other Kerala politician, with the probable exception of the late Congress patriarch K Karunakaran, has been as loved and hated in equal measure and embroiled in as many controversies.
IUML has been winning Manjeswaram since 1987, barring 2006.
The ruling Left Democratic Front is set to retain power for an unprecedented second term in Kerala, according to Manorama News-VMR exit polls.