UDF wins Kerala's Vengara assembly seat, BJP placed fourth

16 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Although United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate K.N.A. Khader's lead fell to 23,310 votes from the 38,057 vote lead secured by P.K. Kunhalikutty in 2016, the party leadership was happy about the margin.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate, P.P. Basheer, trailed second, followed by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate, Advocate K.C. Naseer, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate, K. Janachandran Master, respectively. KNA Khader, the UDF candidate, won the election with a margin of 23310 votes. Khader secured 65227 votes as against Basheer's 41917.

The Congress won this seat after the 2009 Lok Sabha poll when Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa won this seat by defeating BJP candidate Vinod Khanna.

The constituency had recorded a 72.12 percentage voter turnout during the by-election held on October 11. After third round, his lead crossed by more than 94,000 of votes. BJP candidate P.T. Ali Haji had secured 7,055 votes in 2016.

"'This has been a historic win for LDF", says Kunhalikutty.

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He was leading by 14,316 after the first round of counting in Gurdaspur byelection.

"With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and at the same time", said elated Jakhar.

The Gurdaspur by-election was necessitated by the death of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna, a BJP MP.

BJP's Swaran Salaria is on 2nd position whereas AAP's Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria is struggling on 3rd position. The counting of the Wednesday voting has begun now.

There were two independent candidates too in the fray. As per the Election Commission directive, all liquor shops in Gurdaspur would remain closed. 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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