Minister Mohammed Riyas accuses Congress of diverting votes to BJP in bypolls 

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Kochi: Minister PA Mohammed Riyas responded that the results of the local body by-elections were turned disappointing to Congress. In certain wards, the votes of UDF were diverted to BJP under the command of Congress leaders.

Riyas questioned why the Congress traded its vote share with BJP in Tripunithura, preceding the by-election of Thrikkakara. He also challenged whether the Congress leadership would dare to initiate a probe against the Congress leaders who were engaged in vote trading in Tripunithura.

When the results of the elections conducted in the 42 wards were announced, LDF captured 24 seats while UDF succeeded in only 12 seats. Earlier, LDF had 20 seats and it improved the tally by four in this bypoll. Meanwhile, Congress which had 16 seats has lost four.

It is evident from the results that the UDF had rerouted its vote share to BJP in many wards, including Ilamanathope in Tripunithura municipality, which is located in the same district where Thrikkakara municipality lies, accused the Minister. He also greeted all voters who opted to cast their votes for LDF by discarding the fraudulent electoral ties.

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