1. Cong retains Aruvikkara Assembly segment; UDF candidate K Sabarinathan wins by over 10,000 votes

Cong retains Aruvikkara Assembly segment; UDF candidate K Sabarinathan wins by over 10,000 votes

Aruvikkara election result: Congress candiate K S Sabarinadhan won the Aruvikkara Assembly bypoll by a margin of 10,128 votes defeating his nearest rival M Vijayakumar of Opposition LDF.

By: | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 30, 2015 12:05 PM

In a boost to UDF ahead of Assembly polls in Kerala next year, Congress candiate K S Sabarinadhan today won the Aruvikkara Assembly bypoll by a margin of 10,128 votes defeating his nearest rival M Vijayakumar of Opposition LDF.

Sabarinadhan, son of former speaker G Karthikeyan got 56,448 votes while Vijayakumar got 46,320 votes. BJP candiate and former union minister O Rajagopal received 34,145 votes.

Thanking the voters, Sabarinadhan said he will “continue the work left in the constituency by his father Karthikeyan.”

He also expressed his gratitude to UDF government and also the people who voted for him braving rains.

He made a special mention of women voters, who outnumbered men in the constituecy, thanking them.

The poll was necessitated following the death of Karthikeyan in February last.

An estimated 77.35 per cent voters exercised their franchise during the election held on June 27.

Though there were 16 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between the Congress, CPI-M and BJP candidates.

With this, the UDF strength in the Assembly stood at 74 as against LDF’s 65 in the 140-member assembly.

The lone MLA of Kerala Congress (B) K B Ganesh Kumar, who snapped ties with UDF, is keeping away from both fronts.

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    mohan
    Jun 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    This is a reward to UDF for playing adjustment politics with LDF. The common objective of both fronts was to prevent the victory of BJP at any cost. With lots of anti-inbancy, the LDF candidate was the favourite winner. VS was paraded throughout the consuency . When VS was in the forefront of campaign, the victory for LDF was sure. But the top leadership of CPM sold everything to Congres and became a lampoon.
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