The party has to give a convincing alibi now as Sundara has disclosed the names of several BJP leaders close to Surendran.
The LDF seems to have made major gains in the assembly bypolls in five constituencies after the Sabarimala backlash it suffered earlier this year in the LS elections.
The BJP has got a drubbing with its candidates finishing third in four constituencies. The party finished second only in Manjeswaram.
Kamarudheen's predecessor PB Abdul Razak - whose death necessitated the bpoll - had scraped through the 2016 assembly election by 89 votes over BJP's K Surendran.
The exit poll predicted UDF win in Manjeswaram, Ernakulam and Vattiyoorkkavu, LDF win in Aroor and Konni, and NDA to draw a blank.
The byelection has been necessitated by the death of IUML legislator P B Abdul Razak on October 20, 2018.
Political commentator and former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam Dr Cyriac Thomas shares many rare stories.
The northernmost assembly constituency in the state, bordering Karnataka, has a seizable chunk of Tulu and Kannada speakers.
A quick tactical reassessment done by the central leadership found less merit in having Kummanam fight a byelection.
“Kamaruddin’s victory in the bypoll is a foregone conclusion,” said IUML supremo Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal.