Notwithstanding the bar controversy, solar scam and other corruption issues, the United Democratic Front (UDF) won the Aruvikkara by-elections with a margin of 10,128 votes.
UDF candidate KS Sabarinathan won the highly-charged Aruvikkara contest against LDF's M Vijayakumar and BJP's O Rajagopal.
While the UDF candidate won 56,448 votes, LDF and BJP candidates got 46,320 and 34,145 votes, respectively.
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Since the counting began on Tuesday, Sabarinathan was leading with a good margin.
However, many LDF and BJP supporters claim that the Oommen Chandy-led government won the contest because of the sympathy votes they got from the followers of late Assembly speaker G Karthikeyan, father of Sabarinathan.
Sabarinathan also admitted that the victory is due to his father's popularity in the constituency. "I am sure people want to see more developments that my father began in Aruvikkara, it is his popularity why they casted their votes for UDF," Karthikeyan's son said on winning the election.
The by-election was a crucial one for the UDF government as the people were given a chance to evaluate the activities of the party since 2011.
Meanwhile, LDF's strikes and hate speeches might be the reasons behind its loss in the by-election, even in the booths that had strong LDF support earlier. The communist party could only lead in Aruvikkara panchayat, when UDF made a mark in all other panchayats.
It has to be noted that despite the slide in Narendra Modi-led government's popularity in recent times, BJP candidate Rajagopal received 34,145 votes.
However, netizens have been attacking the voters for supporting the UDF despite the allegations of corruption.
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