The 'namesake phenomenon' is expected to create trouble for major candidates in at least 12 constituencies including Kasaragode, Kannur, Alathur, Ponnani, Vadakara, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram and Attingal.

Of the 269 candidates in the fray in the total 20 constituencies for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls, around 30 are candidates bearing names similar to those of major candidates.

Causing tension for LDF candidate Bennet Abraham in Thiruvananthapuram is the presence of Bennet Babu Benjamin in the fray.

Sambath Anil Kumar is there in the list in Attingal with CPI(M)'s A Sampath while in Palakkad constituency Veerendrakumar O P is there along with M P Veerendrakumar of SJ(D).

While two namesakes are there against RSP's N K Premachandran in Kollam, PK Biju of CPI(M) in Alathur faces threat from three candidates having names like R Biju, A Biju and K Biju.

Parties hit by electoral blues in Karnataka.


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