The ruling LDF inched towards victory in the Chengannur assembly bypoll as counting progressed. While the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front, Congress led United Democratic Front and the BJP went all out, it is the CPI(M) that is leading . As the counting crossed the half way mark, LDF’s Saji Cherian (CPI-M) has secured a lead of more than 7,000 votes, over 1,500 votes more than its victory margin in the 2016 Assembly by election. The CPM-led front was ahead in Thiruvanvandoor panchayat where BJP made significant gains in the the 2016 assembly polls. In Thiruvanvandoor panchayat, ruled by Kerala Congress (M), the UDF came third. It’s a setback for the UDF since the K M Mani-led party had offered to support the UDF at the last leg of the high-pitched campaign.
On May 28, Monday, bye-elections were held for 10 Assembly constituencies across nine states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The results of the ten seats will be announced today. The seats that went to polls were Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia and Silli (Jharkhand), Chengannur (Kerala), Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Tharali (Uttarakhand), Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Ampati (Meghalaya), Shahkot (Punjab) and Maheshtala (West Bengal)
Chengannur is located in the Alappuzha district of the state. The first elections in this seat was held back in 1957. Check the table below for the list of contesting candidates and live results of the 2018 Chengannur by-election.
By-election in Chengannur was required in light of the demise of CPI(M) MLA KK Ramchandran Nair. Chengannur is a part of Mavelikara Parliamentary body electorate
In the 15 Assembly decisions held for this seat, Congress has won it six times, incorporating 5-times in succession and CPI(M) has won it four times.
While CPI(M)’s Saji Cheriyan, the party’s Alappuzha district secretary, is the candidate of the Left Democratic Front (LDF), Congress leader D Vijayakumar is the United Democratic Front (UDF) nominee. Former BJP president P S Sreedharan Pillai is testing his luck once again from the constituency