Kerala results reveal religious polarization T Ramavarman & Ananthakrishnan G | TNN Thiruvananthapuram: The remarkable rally staged by the Left in Kerala which brought it to the brink of an unexpected victory appears to have been facilitated by a Hindu consolidation behind outgoing chief minister V S Achuthanandan. The voting pattern displayed a communal polarization across the state, with Christians and Muslims consolidating behind Congress-led UDF, and the Hindu areas going with the CPM-led LDF in almost a repeat of the 1987 state polls. The Congress and allies won maximum seats in Muslim-dominated Mallapuram and Christian belts Ernakulam and Kottayam. The CPM and allies won in Kannur, Kozhikode, Kollam, Palakkad, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, which all have significant Hindu concentration. Ezhavas, the community to which Achuthanandan belongs, were at the vanguard of Hindu consolidation for their man. Their pro-Achuthanandan fervour was evident in the Leftâ€™s strong showing in Alappuzha where Congress had hoped to do well. :: E-paper :: ********* While left is not pro Hindu, yet it is not crassly anti Hindu either. Aggressive wooing of muslims and xians by Cong definitely made the Hindus apprehensive.