Kerala by-election: Congress wins Puthuppally by record margin

Congress leader Chandy Oommen has won by a landslide in the by-election held to the Kerala’s Puthuppally Assembly constituency, a seat represented by his father and former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy for 53 years.

The young Congress leader maintained a steady lead right from the first round and raised it to 36454 votes in the final round. He has also overtaken the highest margin of 33,255 votes recorded by his father in 2011.

Of the total votes polled in the election held on 5 September, Oommen bagged 78,098 while the LDF candidate Jaick C. Thomas received just 41,644 votes.