Thirty-three sitting MLA's have not found a place in the list to contest the elections as the CPI(M) has implemented a two-term policy in Kerala.
The party has given preference to fresh faces to beat the anti-incumbency factor. No government in Kerala has had a back-to-back assembly election wins in the state. As a result, 5 ministers and prominent leaders of the party, and at least 33 sitting MLAs, have not made it to the list and are not contesting. A Vijayaraghavan party’s acting secretary said that they have zeroed in on the candidates after weighing many factors and had to forego some of the seats to accommodate new allies.