KPCC prez K Sudhakaran writes to EC demanding bypoll in Devikulam

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president K Sudhakaran on Friday wrote to the Election Commission demanding byelection in the Devikulam constituency.

The leader sent the letter asking the commission to implement the Kerala High Court’s order, cancelling the result of Assembly polls 2021 at the constituency, in its full spirit.

Last month, the high court had issued an interim stay on the order and granted CPM MLA A Raja a period of 10 days to approach the Supreme Court.

However, as Raja did not receive a favourable order from the apex court within the time frame, Sudhakaran requested the EC to implement the high court order as the MLA stands disqualified under Section 107 of the Representation of the People Act.

Raja was disqualified on March 20 after the Kerala High Court cancelled the election results from Devikulam noting that he does not qualify to contest from the constituency reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.

The court's ruling came on a plea submitted by the United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate for the constituency, D Kumar.

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