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UDF's Sabarinadhan Wins Aruvikkara Assembly Bypolls In Kerala

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Indian voters queue at a polling station in Trivandrum in southern Kerala state on April 10, 2014. Voters went to the polls on the first major day of India's marathon national election, with the capital New Delhi a key battleground for an anti-corruption party which shot to fame last year. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — Congress Party candidate K S Sabarinadhan today won the Aruvikkara Assembly bypoll in Kerala by defeating rival M Vijayakumar by a margin of 10,128 votes.

This will bolster the United Democratic Front in the state ahead of assembly polls next year, in which it will be pitted against the Left Democratic Front.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted congratulations to Sabarinadhan.

The Bharatiya Janata Party failed to make inroads in what has been a strong seat for the Congress over the years. The seat was held by former speaker G Karthikeyan, who was Sabarinadhan's father and died in February.

Sabarinadhan received 56,448 votes while Vijayakumar got 46,320 votes. BJP candiate and former union minister O Rajagopal received 34,145 votes.

Thanking the voters, Sabarinadhan said he will "continue the work left in the constituency by his father Karthikeyan."

An estimated 77.35 per cent voters exercised their franchise during the election held on June 27. Though there were 16 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between the Congress, CPI-M and BJP candidates.

With this, the UDF strength in the Assembly stood at 74 as against LDF's 65 in the 140-member assembly.

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