Spirited finish to campaign for Vengara bypoll
Vengara: The high-voltage campaign for the October 11 Vengara Assembly by-election came to an end on Monday evening.
Voters will exercise their franchise on Wednesday after the silent campaign on Tuesday.
IUML - the second biggest ally of the Congress-led UDF, has fielded two-time former legislator K.N.A. Khader for the bypoll.
Considered as one of the strongest constituencies of the IUML, Kunhalikutty won the 2016 assembly election from Vengara with a record margin of 38,057 votes, one of the highest margins in the state.
However, the CPI-M is expecting its candidate P.P. Basheer, who lost to Kunhalikutty in 2016, to come back strongly this time.
The BJP has fielded K. Janachandran Master.
With the ground reality favouring the IUML, the CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the poll outcome was not going to be a verdict on the 18-month-old Pinarayi Vijayan government. He instead threw a challenge to Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala to resign his assembly seat and contest again, which he said would be a poll where the result could be seen as a verdict for or against the Left government.
The BJP, which managed around 7,000 votes last time, is hoping to take its tally beyond 10,000 this time.