E Sreedharan | Photo: Rahul GR
Thiruvananthapuram: Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. on Sunday in Kerala and in the initial rounds Metroman E.Sreedharan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in the Palakkad Assembly constituency with over 3,199 votes.
Sreedharan was able to bag a sizeable number of postal votes and was able to maintain a lead when the EVMs were opened.
Reports coming from Palakkad indicate that Sreedharan was able to garner votes from two wards where Congress won in the December local body polls.
Sreedharan on expected grounds got more votes than two of the other candidates from the traditional rivals.
Incidentally, the exit polls had predicted a very close fight between the Congress candidate Shafi Parambil and Sreedharan and the Left's candidate placed at third position.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, when Parambil won, the then BJP candidate had finished second.