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Left-backed NCP candidate, MC Kappan wins Pala assembly by-poll in Kerala

Nationalist Congress Party's MC Kappan has won Pala by-election. Kappen, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, defeated Pulikkunel, a faction leader of the Kerala Congress (M) by 2,943 votes.

India TV Politics Desk Written by: India TV Politics Desk New Delhi Updated on: September 27, 2019 13:32 IST
Kerala Pala by-election result: Congress's MC Kappan leads
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Kerala Pala by-election result: Congress's MC Kappan leads

The left-backed NCP candidate MC Kappan has won the Pala assembly byelection. The LDF candidate wrested the seat from the opposition Congress-led UDF. LDF candidate Mani C Kappen defeated Jose Tom Pulikkunel of the opposition Congress-led UDF in a closely contested fight.

Kappen, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, defeated Pulikkunel, a faction leader of the Kerala Congress (M) by 2,943 votes.

Pala was a bastion of the Congress-led UDF, held by veteran leader and former Finance Minister K M Mani for the last five decades.

The bypoll was necessitated due to the demise of Mani in April.

The win has come as a huge relief to the LDF after its rout in the Lok Sabha polls. The bypoll was viewed as an acid test for UDF and the BJP headed NDA as a victory would have given boost to the three major combines prospects in the by-elections to five more assembly constituencies scheduled for October 21.