Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress Party, arrives at a news conference in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Photo: T. Narayan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CONGRESS PARTY led state-level alliance- United Democratic Front (UDF) is leading in 18 out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the southern Indian state of Kerala with the Congress president Rahul Gandhi leading in Wayanad constituency with 1,09,612 votes.

As per the trends released by the Election Commission at 11.00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST), Thiruvananthapuram candidate, former Indian minister Shashi Tharoor is leading with 13,716 votes against the BJP candidate Kummanam Rajashekharan, who had thrown his hat into the electoral arena after resigning as Mizoram Governor.

Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam is trailing in Ernakulam constituency, where Congress party candidate Hibi Eden is leading by 36,447 votes.