Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala to win Haripad seat; Oommen Chandy wins from Puthuppally

The Haripad constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the United Democratic Front's (UDF) Ramesh Chennithala, CPI's Sajilal, and BJP's Soman
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala to win Haripad seat; Oommen Chandy wins from Puthuppally

Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala is leading with 12,376 votes in Haripad constituency, Alappuzha. In the Kerala Assembly elections, Chennithala defeated Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate R Sajilal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate K Soman.

The counting of votes is underway in Kerala even amidst the second wave of the Covid-19. The Haripad constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the United Democratic Front's (UDF) Ramesh Chennithala, CPI's Sajilal, and BJP's Soman.

With Chennithala's victory, he will be retaining the seat, which he won in 2016 by beating CPI's P Prasad by a margin of 18,621 votes.

Two-time former Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has won by a lead of 8504 votes from the Puthupally constituency. Also, UDF's Shafi Parambil has gained a clear lead of nearly 3800 votes over BJP's E Sreedharan. Sreedharan's defeat is a major blow to the BJP as he was projected as the CM candidate.

Also, former minister and Muslim League leader PK Kunhalikutty won the Vengara constituency. He retained the seat by defeating the LDF candidate. However, it is a tight fight in Nilambur with LDF's PV Anwar only having a slight lead ahead of Congress's VV Prakash. Unfortunately, Prakash died of a heart attack recently. Meanwhile, UDF's Mani C Kappan won Pala constituency by 15,199 votes by defeating Jose K Mani.

The UDF has won two seats in Wayanad's Kalpetta and Sultan Bathery in the Kerala Assembly election. district. In Kalpetta UDF candidate T Siddique and Sultan Bathery UDF candidate, IC Balakrishnan won.

On April 6, Kerala's 140 seats went to the polls in a single phase with 73.58 per cent of the total 2.74 crore voters exercising their franchise. The state witnessed a three-way battle between the incumbent Left-led LDF, the Congress-led UDF, and the BJP.

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