Kerala local body by-elections: LDF gets upper hand; wins 13 out of 20 seats

LDF won 13 seats in the by-elections to local body, while UDF and BJP settled for six and one respectively.

Published: 12th October 2018 07:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2018 07:55 PM   |  A+A-

The premises of the Kollacherry Shree Chattamballi Vishakandan temple decked up with flags and posters of DYFI and CPM | A Sanesh

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: LDF regained upper hand in the by-elections to local body by winning 13 seats -- including one by an LDF-backed independent -- while the UDF settled for six seats and the BJP, one.

Elections were held in 16 grama panchayat wards in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur districts; and also in block panchayat ward each in Malappuram and Kannur and one municipality ward each in Wayanad and Kannur.

While LDF clinched the Thrikkunnapuzha north and Kolacheri wards from the UDF, UDF grabbed the Kambamcode and Thainagar wards from the LDF. But UDF lost the Irupathiyettam Mile ward in Navaikulam grama panchayat, Thiruvananthapuram, to BJP's Yamuna Biju, while independent candidate Ajo Varghese won the Vellimala ward of Vandanmedu grama panchayat in Idukki.

List of seats won by both parties-

LDF: Meenmutti (Nandiyode, Thiruvananthapuram), Bharanikkavu (Sasthamkotta, Kollam), Thrikkunnapuzha North (Sooranad South, Kollam), Injikkad (Vandiperiyar, Idukki), Thrikkepadi (Pothanikode, Ernakulam), Ilankavu (Kizhakkancheri, Palakkad), Poyilpara (Ayancheri, Kozhikode), Kaitheri Panthrandam Mile (Mangattidam, Kozhikode), Kayatteel (Kannapuram, Kozhikode), Kolacheri (Edakkad block panchayat, Kannur), Mandamkolli (Sultan Batheri municipality, Wayanad), Kavumbhagam (Thalassery municipality, Kannur).

UDF: Kambacode (Ummannur, Kollam), Nedungandam East (Nedungandam, Idukki), Cheenikuzhi (Mazhuvannur, Ernakulam), Thainagar (Kaipamangalam, Thrissur), Amapotta (Thiruvegapura, Palakkad), Thuvakkad (Thanur block panchayat, Malappuram).


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