Malda, Apr 16: Asif Mahboob of Congress today defeated CPI(M)'s Anjuara Begam by 10,393 votes in the Kharba assembly by-election held on April 12.
Asif Mahboob polled 67,067 votes against Anjuara Begam's 56,674.
BJP's Sital Chakraborty came a distant third securing 6985, while All India Trinamool Congress's Abdul Khalek bagged 4547 votes.
The by-election was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Mahbul Haq. Asif Mahboob is his son.