Thiruvananthapuram: Congress candidate K.S Sabarinathan on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election, beating his nearest rival with a margin of 10,128 votes.
CPI(M)’s candidate M. Vijayakumar secured 46,320 votes while BJP veteran O. Rajagopal garnered 34,145 votes.
The constituency essentially witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, the CPI(M) and the BJP.
Thanking the voters, Sabarinadhan said he will "continue the work left in the constituency by his father Karthikeyan."
He also expressed his gratitude to UDF government and also the people who voted for him braving rains.
He made a special mention of women voters, who outnumbered men in the constituecy, thanking them.
The election was necessitated after assembly speaker G. Karthikeyan died in March. He had represented the constituency for 24 long years. Sabarinathan is his son.
There were 16 candidates in the fray and 184,210 voters - up from 164,884 in 2011 when Karthikeyan won by over 10,000 votes - and the bypoll which saw a 70 percent turnout.
While Sabarinathan and Rajagopal kept a tab on the counting process from their homes, Vijayakumar was spotted at the counting centre in the capital city.