Congress candidate E Suraj won the Yaiskul Assembly by-polls in Manipur defeating his nearest rival H Jayadev by over 900 votes.

Election office said Suraj secured 9,799 votes as against 8856 obtained by Jayadev, an independent candidate.

The by-election, held on December 19, was necessitated due to the death of Congress MLA E Kunjeshore, father of Suraj.

With Suraj’s victory, the strength of the Congress in the 60 member assembly has gone up to 31.