United Democratic Front candidate KNA Khader of Indian Union Muslim League has won the Vengara by-election for Kerala assembly by a margin of 23,312, trumping his nearest rival and Left Democratic Front nominee PV Basheer. The IUML is the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UDF.
Khader secured 65227 votes while Basheer of CPI(M) managed to bag 41917 votes.
Notably, the BJP has been thrown to fourth place with 5728 votes as the Social Democratic Party of India got 8648 votes. Last year, the BJP had secured 7055 votes.
The by-election was necessitated when sitting legislator and top Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader P.K. Kunhalikutty vacated the seat after he was elected from the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency in April this year.. Kunhalikutty won this seat in the 2016 assembly polls with a margin of over 38,000 votes.
Majority of the UDF reduced by 14747 votes and CPI(M) secured 7793 more votes than last time. LDF got 34124 in 2016.
The Vengara Assembly constituency comprises AR Nagar, Vengara, Othukkungal, Oorakam, Parappur, and Kannamangalam panchayats.
Over 70 per cent turnout was recorded in polling at the Vengara assembly by-election on Wednesday. This is the first time in Kerala that the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail is being used in all the polling booths in a constituency.