IUML KNA Khader wins Kerala assembly bypoll by over 23000 Votes

IUML KNA Khader wins Kerala assembly bypoll by over 23000 Votes

KNA Khader- the candidate of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) who contested as a candidate of UDF (United Democratic Front) won the Vengara bypoll election with more than 23,000 votes beating the LDF candidate who came second. In 2016, former industries minister and League candidate P.K. Kunhalikutty, whose move to Lok Sabha resulted in the election, had won the seat with 72,181 votes, winning with a margin of 38,057 votes.

BJP tries to defend their poor performance by charging Jihadi allegations against both LDF and UDF. Basheer, who contested from the constituency in 2016 as well, had then secured only 34,124 votes. However, the UDF's victory margin was less than it received in the 2016 assembly polls, in the segment considered to be a stronghold of IUML. "I thank all the people of this constituency and the UDF leaders", said Khader. "Instead of discussing development and politics, the CPM resorted to playing communal card and made use of all government machinery to defeat the UDF", said IUML general secretary U A Latheef. "The IUML has lost its vote share and majority".

The BJP's P T Ali Haji had secured 7,055 votes in 2016. The BJP was expected to increase its vote share after party chief Amit Shah launched a "Jan Raksha yatra" from nearby Kannur district on October 3. The hype created by the BJP with the CPM as an arch enemy in the state didn't fire in the bypoll. "Their lead in every panchayat has crashed compared to last Assembly election", Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of the CPM told reporters before the results were announced. But this served as an eye-opener for the UDF to realise the strong rapport P K Kunhalikutty had shared with the voters of Vengara. The right-wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI), finished third by more than doubling its vote-share. The victory of UDF is only "technical" and they were not able to maintain the lead they secured a year ago, he said. The poll outcome would accelerate the organisational and political decline of the UDF.

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