Vengara, the constituency in Malappuram district of Kerala, has recorded 44.7% polling till 1 pm in a bye-election. Oorakam and AR Nagar panchayats recorded the highest voting of 51% and 47% respectively.
The election was necessitated after sitting MLA PK Kunhalikutty of the IUML vacated the seat to contest for Lok Sabha from Malappuram. Kunhalikutty went on to win the Malappuram seat, which fell vacant after the death of sitting MP and former union minister E Ahamed earlier this year.
The main contest in the constituency is between KNA Khader of the IUML (a part of the Congress-led UDF) and PP Basheer of the CPM. BJP’s K Janachandran and SDPI’s KC Naseer are also in the fray.
A high-voltage campaign in the constituency ended Monday. The seat is considered a fortress of the IUML, which has won all four elections (2 Assembly and 2 Lok Sabha) in the past decade since the constituency was formed post-delimitation.