CPI (M) MLA from Ponnani P Sreeramakrishnan was elected as the Kerala assembly speaker on Friday, with 92 votes against UDF's VP Sajeendran who got 46 votes.
Of the total 140 members in the assembly, the LDF had 90 votes including that of 5 independents, the UDF had 47 votes and the remaining one vote was with BJP's O Rajagopal.
According to reports, pro-term speaker S Sharma and independent MLA PC George did not cast their votes, bringing down the total number of votes to 138.
After PC George, the independent MLA from Poonjar constituency declared that he left his vote invalid and O Rajagopal admitted that he cast his vote for P Sreeramakrishnan, the UDF was left puzzled as to how VP Sajeendran got one vote less than what he should have normally got.
Meanwhile, leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala claimed the leakage of UDF vote to be a 'mistake' that arose out of inexperience and said that he will look into the matter.
He went on to say that the relationship between LDF and BJP has been revealed after O Rajagopal cast his vote in support of P Sreeramakrishnan.