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UDF ally IUML retains Vengara Assembly seat in Kerala

The constituency had recorded a 72.12% voter turnout during the by-election held on October 11

Press Trust of India  |  Malappuram [Kerala] 

United Democratic Front candidate KNA Khader wins By-poll in Vengara assembly constituency in Malappuram district in Kerala. Photo: AIR twitter handle
United Democratic Front candidate KNA Khader wins By-poll in Vengara assembly constituency in Malappuram district in Kerala. Photo: AIR twitter handle

The (IUML), a key partner in the Congress-led Opposition in Kerala, on Sunday retained the seat by defeating its nearest rival candidate in the by-poll.

IUML candidate K N A Khader won the seat with a margin of 23,310 votes over nominee P P Basheer, a district official said after the result was announced.


candidate K Jayachandran Master secured 5,728 votes and SDPI'S K C Naseer got 8,648 votes.

The and garnered 65,227 and 41,917 votes respectively.

The constituency had recorded a 72.12 percentage voter turnout during the by-held on October 11.

However, the UDF's victory margin was less than it received in the 2016 assembly polls, in the segment considered to be a stronghold of IUML.

IUML leader P K Kunalikutty had won the seat with a huge margin of 38,057votes beating CPI-M's Basheer in 2016.

The had polled 7,211 votes in the segment.

Last year, got 72,181 and 34,121 votes.

Reacting to the poll verdict, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala said even after "misused" official machinery, the candidate won the by-

He also said even after played the solar scam card they could not manage.

CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the increased vote share of clearly showed that the programme's of the government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has the support of people.

The victory of is only "technical" and they were not able to maintain the lead they secured last year, he said.

The by-was necessitated after sitting MLA P K Kunhalikutty quit following his to parliament from Malappuram Lok Sabha segment that fell vacant after the death of IUML leader and former union minister E Ahmed in February last.

First Published: Sun, October 15 2017. 16:34 IST
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