Local body bypolls: UDF sweeps 15 wards, LDF wins 12

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Thiruvananthapuram: United Democratic Front obtained an edge in the byelections carried out in the 29 local bodies in the state. UDF candidates have won or maintained a lead in 15 local bodies, while a UDF-backed independent candidate had won a seat.

Meanwhile, LDF has ensured victory in 12 seats and BJP won two seats. After 17 years, UDF wrested Vattoli ward in Kizhakkoth panchayat in Kozhikode from LDF with the success of Raseena Pookott by a lead of 272 votes. Bypolls were conducted in several wards in Kottayam, Kannur, Alappuzha, Kollam, Idukki, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts.

With a considerable lead of 2121 votes, CPM candidate Govindan won in Painkulam ward of Pazhayannur block panchayat in Thrissur.

MM Raveendran of CPM won the bypoll in Keezhariyur ward at Maladi block panchayat in Kozhikode by defeating the Congress candidate for 158 votes.

Congress candidates E Elberi, and MJ Shyja defeated their rivals in Chekkalavilakam and Manjappara wards in Thiruvananthapuram district, respectively.

For 299 votes, Congress candidate Albert defeated an independent candidate in Vannappuram ward in Elamdesam block panchayat in Idukki.

BJP candidate Geetha S won the election in Kottuvankonam ward in Kollam, while Congress candidate Latha Biju got elected in Kollam's Perayam.

In Alappuzha, CPM yielded success in Vathara ward, while BJP won Karthikappally ward and Congress gained seats in Vanmazhi West and Adi Kattukulangara wards.

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