Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Vengara Bypoll result: IUML leader KNA Khader clinches Vengara assembly constituency

Vengara Bypoll result: IUML leader KNA Khader clinches Vengara assembly constituency

In a major relief for the opposition in Kerala, UDF candidate, K N A Khader of Indian Union Muslim league (IUML) has won the by-election in Vengara constituency.

IUML candidate K.N.A. Khader won with 65,227 votes on Sunday, 23,310 votes more than the CPM candidate P.P. Basheer.

While the UDF candidate secured a total of 65227 votes, LDF candidate P P Basheer secured 41917 votes and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate K C Naseer secured the third position with 8648 votes.

In 2016 election, UDF candidate PK Kunhalikutty had managed to beat the LDF candidate with a margin of 38,057 votes. For the fifth consecutive time, the party has emerged victorious in Vengara - the assembly constituency formed after delimitation in 2008. Its candidate K Janachandran Master got 5,728 votes, much less than the over 7,000 votes it got in 2016. He added that he already got feedback from the field that the UDF will not get the majority that Kunhalikutty had secured. "I thank all the people of this constituency and the UDF leaders", said Khader.

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The UDF was hopeful to have a victory margin of over 30,000 votes, though the fresh developments in Solar Scam case had dampened their poll spirit.

The election result is disappointing for the BJP too.

While UDF claims that the result is a strong message to the poor performance of left government, CPI (M) highlights their increase in vote share in the green bastion.

Friday. District Collector Amit Meena on Wednesday had said that polling was incident free, adding,"There were some initial hiccups reported in the functioning of the machines from some places, they were immediately replaced".

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