Vengara election results 2017: IUML wins bypoll but with lesser margin

The ruling CPM will take heart in the fact that the lead for the IUML in Vengara has crashed from over 38,000 votes in the 2016 Assembly election to the 23,000 votes it has got now.

Written by Vishnu Varma | Kochi | Updated: October 15, 2017 3:08 pm
vengara, vengara bypoll, kerala bypoll, IUML, UDF, KNA Khader, bypoll results, indian express Vengara bypoll: KNA Khader, IUML candidate, has won the Vengara bypoll by 23,310 votes defeating the nearest CPM candidate PP Basheer.

If political watchers in Kerala were looking for an upset in Vengara, it hasn’t happened. KNA Khader, the IUML candidate, won the Vengara bypoll by 23,310 votes defeating CPM candidate PP Basheer, who finished second. For the fifth consecutive time, the party has emerged victorious in Vengara — the assembly constituency formed after delimitation in 2008.

Considered the fortress of the IUML, Vengara went into a bypoll after sitting MLA PK Kunjalikutty vacated the seat to get elected to Lok Sabha. “No candidate in any bye-election in Kerala may have gotten such a big majority. This is a great win for us. This victory in Vengara is a sign that nobody can ever defeat the Muslim League and Congress,” Kunjalikutty, IUML national general secretary told reporters.

As The Indian Express reported last week, the victory for the IUML in Vengara was a foregone conclusion owing to the party’s organisational strength and it’s iron grip on the Muslim voters. What was left to be seen in this election was not who will win, but by how much. Read the story on ieMalayalam here.

The ruling CPM will take heart in the fact that the lead for the IUML in Vengara has been slashed from over 38,000 votes in the 2016 Assembly election to the 23,000 votes it has got now. “UDF may be winning technically but they are failing politically. Their lead in every panchayat has crashed compared to last Assembly election,” Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of the CPM told reporters as counting entered the final phase.

The election result is disappointing for the BJP too. Its candidate K Janachandran Master got 5,728 votes, much less than the over 7,000 votes it got in 2016. The SDPI, political arm of the Popular Front, has increased its vote share, possibly by eating into the IUML vote bank. Its candidate came third, bagging 8,648 votes.

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  1. H
    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    Malappuram district as a role model for peace and communal harmony, Eventhogh malappuram district contain 90 Muslims,There are muslim supported Hindu politicians, for example. AP Unnikrishnan, president of the district panchayat . speaker P Sreeramakrishnan from Ponnani and Congress leader AP Anil Kumar, a two-time minister, from Wandoor, Kerala's first chief minister EMS Namboothiripad are examples of that. We don't mix our faith with politics,
    1. G
      Oct 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Hope this victory will not lead to Malabar revolt again where Hindus were brutally killed for refusing to convert to Islam long time back before independence.
      1. H
        Oct 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm
        Dear Brother, it will never happen, here in Malabar we all hindu, Christian muslims are living friendly, no one can break that harmony
      2. I
        Oct 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm
        COMMUNAL KERALA MUSLIMS VOTE COMMUNALLY for only MUSLIM LEAGUE in KERALA and so election results are no surprise. All MUSLIM LEAGUE MLAS of Kerala from 1957 till date have all been elected only from MUSLIM MAJORITY Cons uencies and ALL MUSLIM LEAGUE CABINET MINISTERS as part of CPM led Govt and CONgress led Govts from 1957 till date have been always MUSLIMS. ................. KERALA MUSLIMS are the BIGGEST COMMUNAL MUSLIMS of India wherein, they have joined IS-IS fighters too.
        1. L
          Oct 15, 2017 at 6:07 pm
          UNITED you get POWER dived you become secular foools
          1. G
            Oct 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm
            Vengara is a mini Pakistan, there is no chance for cpim and bjp. ANY way some consolation for udf,after vigilance report indicted former Cm oommen chandy amd other congress leaders for ually assaulting saritha .
            1. J
              Jai hind
              Oct 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm
              U bakth ..better call u A south Indian Bakth. U said vengara is a mini Pakistan ..that may be the reason bjp appointed a Muslim candidate last time . . Would u deny if I say that is a proof of bjps hypocrasy who could ally with any one for power ? ... Malappuram is the most harmonious district according to three x collectors who was in power N Malappuram who is working under Modi's top most posts like Neeti ayog and Swatch Bharath ... You losers always hesitate to admit that . Amit Shah kummanam combo yathra just before election made it more worse for bjp
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