LDF wins Chengannur in record majority
Chengannur: Counting of votes for the bypoll to the Chengannur Assembly seat in Kerala is underway on Thursday with CPI-M candidate, Saji Cherian, taking a comfortable lead of over 15000 votes and has polled 56343 votes.
Congress candidate D. Vijayakumar is in the second position followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party's P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.
LDF's Saji Cherian has got 56343 votes followed by UDF's D Vijayakumar with 40,019 and NDA's P Sreedharan Pillai with 29272 votes.
Saji Cherian has recorded the largest majority in Chengannur. Last time, the LDF won so decisively was in 1987 when Mammen Iype had taken a lead of 15703 votes which is the greatest lead in Chengannur.
LDF is in the lead in panchayats of Mannar, Pandanad, Tiruvandoor Chengannur municipality, Mulakkuzha, Aala, and Puliyoor and it looks like the Left is trying to strengthen its hold. LDF is leading even in strongholds of UDF and BJP.
In the 2016 assembly polls the Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate, K.K. Ramachandran Nair, had a lead of only 2,000 votes. The bypoll was necessitated following Nair's death in January
In the first round, EVMs of 14 polling stations are counted. The Election commission has appointed 69 officials for the counting process and no mobile phones are allowed at counting centres.