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Kerala set to give thumbs up to Pratibha Patil


Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala is all set for the presidential poll to be held Thursday and almost all votes from the state are likely to go to United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pratibha Patil.

Polling will take place in the Kerala Assembly building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. State assembly secretary N. Jayakumar Wednesday said that all arrangements were in place for the poll.

Kerala has 140 legislators with 98 members in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and 42 belonging to the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). While the LDF has designated state Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Vijaykumar as their polling agent, the UDF has chosen Congress legislator Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for the post.

Kerala is the only state where all the votes are likely to be polled by Pratibha Patil.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and leader of opposition Oommen Chandy had even told this to Patil when she came to Kerala July 5 for campaigning.

However, two members – M.J. Jacob of the LDF and K.M. Mani of UDF – will not be participating in the election.

Jacob will not be able to vote as there is a petition challenging his election. Mani would be unable to vote as he is recuperating from a surgery in the US.