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Vengara bypoll: UDF retains seat but with lesser margin

  • The UDF candidate secured a total of 65,227 votes
  • LDF's PP Basheer came second with 41,917 votes
  • UDF faced a sharp decline of 14,747 votes in victory margin
  • BJP candidate K Jayachandran came in the fourth position
Vengara bypoll UDF retains seat but with lesser margin
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The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) the largest ally of Congress in Kerala has retained Vengara assembly seat. UDF candidate KNA Khader won the seat with a margin of 23310 votes. 

The UDF candidate secured a total of 65,227 votes while LDF's PP Basheer got 41,917 votes. Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate K C Naseer secured the third position with 8,648 voters and BJP candidate K Jayachandran managed to get 5,728 votes. 

However, the UDF faced a sharp decline in the victory margin which is a major blow to IUML in the Muslim majority constituency, which has always stood with the League and is considered as a traditional bastion of the party.

In 2016 election, UDF candidate PK Kunhalikutty had managed to beat the LDF candidate with a margin of 38,057 votes. Kunhalikutty had secured the highest majority in the assembly segment with 73,804 votes while LDF got only 33,275 votes. This time the margin of victory shows a decline of 14,747 votes. 

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. 

BJP too faced a decline in its vote share this time. In 2016 polls, BJP candidate had secured 7,211 votes while this time they got only 5728 votes from the Constituency. 

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