Malappuram (Kerala): Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislator P.K. Kunhalikutty today achieved victory in the Malappuram by-poll in Kerala by 171,038 lakh votes.
The IUML strongman remained far ahead of his nearest rival — Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and youth leader M.B. Faisal throughout the counting process.
The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate N. Sreeprakash came a distant third. Earlier Kunhalikutty came out of his home as jubilant supporters shouted slogans and lifted him up.
Speaking to the media Kunhalikutty said the party has led in village councils where the Left was ruling.
“This is because the electorate has placed faith in me as I spoke about the need for a secular outlook. Also the unity of the Congress-led-UDF has helped us in this,” Kunhalikutty added.