Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led United Democratic Front alliance in Kerala won three of the five assembly seats and the CPM-led Left Democratic Front won 2. Notably, the BJP failed to win any seat but secured 23 per cent votes.
Thiruvananthapuram Mayor VK Prasanth, who contested at Vattiyoorkavu constituency won with a margin of 14,465 votes against his rival, Congress party’s K Mohankumar. CPI(M) candidate LU Jinesh Kumar won from Konni by a margin of 9,953 votes defeating K Mohanraj of Congress.
The United Democratic Front (UDF) wrested the Aroor Assembly seat from the Left Democratic Front (LDF) after a gap of 13 years. Congress candidate Shanimol Usman defeated her nearest rival Manu C. Pulickal of the CPI (M) by a margin of 2,079 votes.
The UDF candidate T J Vinod won the Ernakulam seat by a margin of 3,750 votes defeating Manu Roy (LDF-IND).
MC Kamaruddin of IUML won in Manjeshwar as UDF retained the constituency in Kasaragod. Kamaruddin got 65,407 votes compared to BJP’s Raveesh Thanthri Kuntar, who came second with 57484 votes while the CPM’s Shankara Rai was a distant third with 38233 votes.
Notably, the bypolls to the five assembly constituencies in Kerala was marred by heavy rains, especially in Ernakulam. Heavy rains affected voting in the early hours in Ernakulam as voters waded through water-logged roads to exercise their franchise and water seeped into some booths, while polling progressed in the four other constituencies.
While the bypoll to Majeshwaram was held following the death of the sitting MLA of the IUML, a coalition partner of the UDF, in the remaining four constituencies, the polls were necessitated after legislators quit following their successful foray into the Lok Sabha.
In the 140-member Kerala assembly, the ruling LDF has 92 MLAs, UDF 46, BJP one, besides an independent MLA, P C George. One seat is reserved for a nominated member of the Anglo Indian community.