Do not misunderstand the swing status of Kottayam, Kottayam swings right. This district is holy ground of Kerala Congress politics, with Mani and Joseph wings of Kerala Congress winning more than half the seats in every election since 1982.
Palai is a UDF bastion. In 2011,K. M. Mani of Kerala Congress- Mani defeated Mani C. Kappen of National Congress Party by a margin of 5259 votes.