Thrissur, Apr 21 : Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala is slated to witness a three corner contest in the third phase of ongoing Lok Sabha polls on April 23.
The political heat has subsided in the region as the month-long election campaign in the Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency will end this evening with both Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) candidates expressing confidence in their victory.
Actor and Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi is contesting on the NDA ticket. Although his entry to the fray at the last lap of campaign has turned as a disadvantage, he is still hopeful of increasing his vote bank in the backdrop of the Sabarimala issue.
With the advantage of early announcement of his candidature, LDF candidate Rajaji Mathew Thomas has already made many rounds of campaigning in the constituency, UDF candidate T.N. Prathapan kick-started his campaign with a bang and rounded up with a massive roadshow.
There had been massive gathering at Suresh Gopi's roadshow as people were more eager to see the popular Malayalam actor.But whether the crowd will transform into votes, is a matter to be seen.
Considered as a traditional citadel of the Congress, the Thrissur had, however, shifted its loyalty towards the Left multiple times. It chose Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate CN Jayadevan during the 2014 Lok Sabha poll against Congress’s K.P. Dhanapalan.
T.N. Prathapan, Thrissur District Congress Committee (DCC) president and former MLA, started his political career through the Kerala Students Union (KSU), is not a stranger to the constituency. He was KSU district president and Youth Congress district secretary. A three-time MLA (from Kodungallur and Nattika), he was member of various Assembly committees. When asked about his candidature, he said he was willing to do even the work of a sweeper if the party asked him to do so.
Rajaji Mathew entered politics through All India Students Federation(AISF), as the unit secretory of AISF in Sree Kerala Varma college. Later he become the district president and later National general Secretory of AISF. Later he became active in All India Youth Federation (AIYF)
Rajaji is presently working as the chief Editor of Janayugam Newspaper, the mouth organ of CPI in Kerala.
Thrissur has a total electorate of 24,36,393 of which 12,65,356 are women.
Chief Returning officer T V Anupama said all arrangements for Wednesdays' poll have been completed. A total of 2500 policemen are on duty to man 603 polling station in the district.