Thiruvananthapuram: MV Shreyams Kumar, the state president of the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD), an ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front, on Monday sailed to victory in the bypoll held for one vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Kerala. The voting was held at the Assembly building during its one-day session.
He defeated Congress rival Lal Varghese Kalpakavady by 47 votes. While Kumar bagged 88 votes, Kalapakavady got 41. One vote was declared invalid.
A two-time legislator, Shreyams Kumar won the Rajya Sabha seat held by his late father, MP Veerendra Kumar. The death of the 84-year-old media baron on May 28 had necessitated the bypoll. The late leader's Upper House tenure was to end on April 2, 2022.
Born on April 15, 1967 as the son of MP Veerendra Kumar and Usha Veerendra Kumar, Shreyams Kumar was elected as MLA from Wayanad’s Kalpetta constituency in 2006 and 2011.
He is presently the Managing director of Mathrubhumi.
Shreyams Kumar also dons the roles of Kerala Regional Committee Chairman of Indian Newspaper Society, Vice President of News Broadcasters Association and Global Vice President of International Advertising Association.
He has also penned a travelogue titled ‘Yathra Parayathe’.
Shreyams Kumar is married to Kavitha and the couple have four children MS Mayura, Devika, Gayathri and Rishab.
Meanwhile, the polls also saw difference within the Congress-led UDF, as a faction of the erstwhile Kerala Congress (Mani) having two legislators kept away from voting.
Their legislator Roshy Augustine said that the UDF whip does not apply to them as they have been "ousted from the UDF".
"We are an independent party and can take our own position and we took it," said Augustine.
(With IANS inputs)