Malappuram, Apr 17: Counting of votes for the bye-election results to the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala will begin at 8 AM. The polling for the Malappuram bypoll results was held on April 12. Over 68 per cent turnout was recorded in the Malappuram bypolls. The fight is between the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). We will be updating live on Kerala, Malappuram bye-election results 2017. Catch the instant live updates on Malappuram bypoll results here.
The Malappuram bye-election was called after the death of sitting MP, E Ahamed of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in February. To retain the Malappuram Lok Sabha seat, the IUML fielded former Kerala Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty, a sitting legislator and one of the most popular faces of the party. The CPI-M fielded local body member and youth leader M B Faisal, while Sree Prakash is contesting the Malappuram bypolls on the ticket of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Malappuram is considered the citadel of the IUML and E Ahamed won the 2014 Lok Sabha election with a record margin of 1.94 lakh votes. The margin of the IUML legislators, who won in all the seven assembly constituencies in Malappuram district, came down to 1.18 lakh votes in the 2016 Kerala Assembly polls. IUML candidate P K Kunhalikutty also has the support of Congress-led United Democratic Front.
Besides, IUML’s P K Kunhalikutty, CPI-M candidate M B Faisal and BJP nominee Sree Prakash, six independents are also trying their luck from the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency. A total of 71.33 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the Malappuram bypoll, against the 71.11 per cent recorded in the last Parliament election here.