Assembly bypoll results: Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate Mani C. Kappan has defeated his UDF rival Jose Tom by 2943 votes to win Pala by-election. BJP candidate N Hari was placed third. Kappan’s victory has ended decades-old hold of Kerala Congress (M), an ally of the Congress, on Pala assembly seat.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur, BJP candidate Yuvraj Singh defeated Samajwadi’s Party’s Manoj Prajapati by the margin of 17,00 votes. Results of Tripura’s Badharghat seat has also been announced where BJP’s Mimi Majumdar defeatred her CPI(M) rival by a margin of 5,000 votes.
In Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada, Congress candidate Devti Karma of the Congress hdefeated her nearest rival Ojaswi Mandavi of the BJP. Polling on the four Assembly seats was held on September 23.
By-election on Kerala’s Pala seat was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA KK Mani of Kerala Congress-M party. After the death of Mani, who was also the chief of the party, an ugly war erupted between his son and a faction within the party to take control KC-M. The party finally got split between the two groups.
Moreover, the bypoll is also a litmus test for the ruling CPIM-led LDF and the BJP-led NDA which would be hoping to propel its chances in the upcoming October 21 bypolls on five more seats by registering a victory on Pala seat.