Vengara Bypolls: IUML's KNA Khader wins by over 23000 votes

Besides this, 14,927 votes have been lost from its previous majority while the LDF made strides adding more than 7,000 votes.

In the Lok Sabha polls, Kunhalikutty had secured a margin of over 40,000 votes, while at the 2016 assembly polls he won with a margin of over 38,000 votes.

The UDF's victory margin is the lowest in the history of Vengara which is one of the fortresses of the IUML in the district.

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) candidate KNA Khader today won the Vengara by-election with a hefty margin of over 23,000 votes. The BJP candidate K Janachandran managed to secure only 5728 votes.

The results started to float out by 10 am and for the counting of votes, voting machines at PSMO College (where counting took place) was under the supervision of Election Observer Amit Chaudhary.

Having polled 8,648 votes, the SDPI was upbeat.

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The result is expected to create more ripples in the party as the result comes at a time when the national leadership is carrying out a full-fledged campaign against the ruling left front in Kerala.

IUML - the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UDF, had fielded two-time former legislator Khader, who expressed confidence that he will have a cakewalk.

The bypoll was necessitated after IUML chief PK Kunhalikutty vacated the Vengara seat and later won the Malappuram Lok Sabha seat.

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

BJP's Swaran Salaria is on 2nd position whereas AAP's Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria is struggling on 3rd position.

Similarly, fresh polls were announced in Punjab's Gurdaspur following the death of actor-turned BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year. The officials have deployed the heavy security at the counting centres. PP Basheer was Kunhalikutty's opponent in the Assembly election also and IUML was not expecting anything less than a majority of 30,000 votes in the bypolls also.

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