- The ruling CPM-led LDF in Kerala on Friday won the by-election to Pala assembly constituency, wresting the seat from the opposition Congress-led UDF. LDF candidate Mani C Kappan defeated Jose Tom Pulikkunnel of the opposition Congress-led UDF in a closely contested fight.
- The bypoll was necessitated due to the demise of Mani in April. The win has come as a huge relief to the LDF after its rout in the Lok Sabha polls.
- The bypoll was viewed as an acid test for UDF and the BJP headed NDA as a victory would have given a boost to the prospects of the three major combines in the by-elections to five more assembly constituencies, scheduled for 21 October.
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