Vengara By Election Result: Khader of IUML defeats CPM's Basheer

Khader secured 65227 votes as against Basheer's 41917.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate, P.P. Basheer, trailed second, followed by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate, Advocate K.C. Naseer, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate, K. Janachandran Master, respectively.

The results of the Vengara Assembly byelection proved that the constituency continued to be a bastion of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).

Basheer contested for the assembly elections the second time, after being defeated by UDF candidate Kunhalikkutty in the 2016 polls. Kunhalikutty had secured the highest majority in the assembly segment with 73,804 votes while LDF got only 33,275 votes.

The UDF's victory margin is the lowest in the history of Vengara which is one of the fortresses of the IUML in the district. In 2016 polls, BJP candidate had secured 7,211 votes while this time they got only 5728 votes from the Constituency.

The by-election was necessitated after the resignation of IUML legislator P K Kunhalikutty following his election to Lok Sabha from Malappuram seat.

Sunday's result reflects the continuing trend of parties outside the usual UDF-LDF bipolar contest in Kerala giving a major jolt to the final verdict in elections. And also set up around fourteen tables for the counting of votes.

Khader dismissed talks of an eroding vote base for the UDF and said the CPM's response was not surprising. "The party will increase the influence among voters in the coming elections", he said adding that increase in vote share of the SDPI was not a good sign for a secular democratic society. The by-election was held in the constituency on October 11. "BJP and LDF worked together in Vengara, and the votes that BJP lost benefited LDF, which has been their clear strategy to benefit each from the start.More like "Bandhukal shatrukal formula" - where they are related to each other but enemies and fighting each other as well".

  • Rogelio Becker