Kasargod, May 19, 2016: Even as BJP is cherishing the historic feat of opening an account in the assembly elections in Kerala, the saffron party is riled by the narrow defeat of its leader K. Surendran in Manjeshwar.
Surendran lost to IUML leader P.B. Abdul Razak by 89 votes after a tough fight. K. Sundara who contested as independent won 467 votes.Though a recounting was conducted in one of the booths following the demand of the BJP, the margin stood the same.
While sitting MLA Razak bagged 56,870 votes, Surendran finished with 56,781 votes. CPM candidate C.H. Kunhambu came third winning 42,565 votes. However, BJP nominee’s namesake K. Surendran has received 467 votes giving a rude shock to the the saffron party.
Razak had won by 5,828 votes when the same candidates had battled it out in the 2011 assembly elections. Surendran had come second then too by winning 43,989 votes.
BJP candidate K Surendran, for the sixth consecutive times has emerged as the runner-up. This time it was a “just miss” for him as he lost the election to Mr Razak by a margin of 89 votes. In 2011 the margin was of 5,828 votes.