LDF gains at LSG bypolls; wins 7 seats
Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF emerged victorious in the by-elections held to 15 local body wards in 11 districts in the state. The LDF bagged seven seats, with the UDF tasting victory in five and the BJP in three seats. In the most crucial Uduma division in Kasargod, the UDF district panchayat will rule the ward.
The BJP retained the Pappanamcode ward in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and its candidate Ashanath won by 35 votes. The UDF came in third place.
In the 39th ward of Thiruppunithura constituency where former minister K Babu resides, the Congress wrested the seat from the BJP. Sabarigireesan of the Congress secured 94 votes. The BJP had won last time by a mere five votes.
CPM candidate K K Bhaskaran won from the Omassery East ward of the Omassery panchayat in Kozhikode by 98 votes.
The LDF defeated its nearest rival in the Thottumukkam ward of Tholicode panchayat and in the Akkaravila ward of Vettoor panchayat in Thiruvananthapuram. LDF candidate Sajita polled 151 votes in Thottumukkam ward and in Akkaravila ward, Reena won by 71 votes.
The Civil Station ward at Cherthala was secured by the BJP and the party has opened its account in the municipality. Jothish defeated his nearest rival by 134 votes.
CPM’s D Rama won the Anchampeedika ward of Kalliassery panchayat in Kannur district with 505 votes. The Mulamkunnu ward in Kokkayar panchayat in Idukki also went to LDF with its candidate Mamachan Lukose winning the polls.
The third ward at Oorakam panchayat in Malappuram was captured by the UDF. Reena Thurithiyil won by 115 votes and wrested the ward from the LDF.
The Congress wrested control in the Pathazhakkad ward in Sreenarayanapuram panchayat in Thrissur. K A Haidrose secured 98 votes. The LDF won the Aadikattukulangara ward in Palamel panchayat in Alappuzha.
In Ottapalam, the LDF retained the Kanniyampura ward and K P Ramakrishnan won by 383 votes. The UDF retained Kanichukulam ward of Changanassery Madapally panchayat with Dhanish Thomas emerging victorious. The Parambukara ward in Manarkad panchayat was bagged by BJP in a stunning victory with Sindhu Korattikunnel securing 198 votes. The UDF which lost the sitting seat was placed third.