Vengara bypoll: UDF retains seat but with lesser margin

IUML's KNA Khader wins Kerala's Vengara bypoll

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) candidate KNA Khader won the Vengara by-election on Sunday, with a hefty margin of over 23,000 votes.

"Their lead in every panchayat has crashed compared to last Assembly election", Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of the CPM told reporters before the results were announced.

Though the victory of KN Khader was on predictable lines, but what has surprised the pundits is the emergence of Muslim hardline party SDPI, which ended in the third place pushing BJP candidate into the fourth spot.

The bypoll was necessitated after IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty vacated the seat to successfully contest the Malappuram Lok Sabha segment.

However, the UDF will examine the fall of votes vis-à-vis the relations between the Congress and the IUML in different panchayats in the constituency.

The UDF candidate secured a total of 65,227 votes while LDF's PP Basheer got 41,917 votes. But a significant fall in the victory margin - IUML's P K Kunhalikutty won in 2016 by 38,057 votes - and progress made by the CPM could offer new readings into the poll outcome. The by-election was held in the constituency on October 11.

Sunil Jakhar mainted lead over his rivals ever since the first round of counting.

He was finally declared victor by more than 1,90,000 votes. The BJP candidate managed to secure only 5728 votes while SDPI's Naseer secured 8648 votes.

The AAP has fielded Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria, who is now third. This time, the victory margin of the UDF candidate has shown a decline of 14747 votes.

There were two independent candidates too in the fray. It was lower than 70.03% recorded in the 2014 general elections. The counting of the Wednesday voting has begun now. No hotel, restaurant, liquor shop or any eating joint, even with a licence, would be allowed to serve or sell liquor today. Counting centres have been set up at Sukhjindra College Gurdaspur for the six assembly constituencies and for the rest three constituencies of Pathankot district, it has been set up at the SD College in Pathankot.

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