BJP candidate gets only one vote in TN urban polls

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The DMK-led alliance on Tuesday swept the urban local body elections in Tamil Nadu with 75 per cent of the results declared….reports Asian Lite News

A BJP candidate, who contested the urban local body polls from Bhavanisagar town panchayat in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district, got only one vote.

A visibly upset Narendran told media persons that even his own family did not cast their votes for him.

“I was literally cheated. My friends, family members, and party cadres did not cast their votes for me even after giving promises that they would vote for me.”

The Urban local body polls have thrown interesting results, such as a mother and daughter duo winning in Salem Municipal corporation. Poonkodi Sekar won from ward 41 as a DMK candidate while her daughter, Kanimozhi won from ward 54 in the DMK ticket.

Sisters, A. Pushpa and S. Krishnaveni, contested from Ward 2 and ward 4 of Kumarapalayam municipality as DMK candidates and both won.

P. Murugan and wife M. Sumathi contested polls from ward 9 and ward 6 respectively of Mangadu municipality on an MDMK ticket and both won. Murugan is a councilor for the past four terms from the same ward.

In Kamuthi panchayath in Ramanathapuram district, a political party won for the first time against independent candidates backed by powerful caste and social groups.

This election also, the DMK did not field a single candidate in Kamuthi panchayat. However, BJP’s Kamuthi. J. Sathya won from ward 14.

Of the 15 wards in Kamuthi panchayat, 14 seats were won by Independents.

DMK sweeps urban polls

The DMK-led alliance on Tuesday swept the urban local body elections in Tamil Nadu with 75 per cent of the results declared.

The urban polls were held in the state after a gap of 11 years and the win of the DMK is considered as a stamp of approval for the nine-month-old M.K. Stalin government in the state.

The dismal performance of the AIADMK was reflected with the party losing its bastions and the DMK winning several seats in western Tamil Nadu including Coimbatore, Erode and Salem. In Edappadi, the home constituency of former Chief Minister K. Palaniswami too, the AIADMK candidate lost the polls to the DMK.

Palaniswami’s own ward no 23 in Salem Municipal Corporation was also wrested by the DMK leading to a major loss of face for the former Chief Minister who is also the Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu.

According to the State Election Commission till the late afternoon, the DMK alliance won 494 seats in corporations, 2,021 in municipalities, and 4,619 seats in town panchayats.

The AIADMK, on the other hand won only 81 wards in corporations, 511 in municipalities, and 1,188 seats in town panchayats.

The BJP, which contested alone, won 255 wards – 7 in corporations, 113 seats in municipalities, and 135 seats in town panchayats.

Five candidates supported by Vijay Makkal Iyyakam, the fans association of superstar Vijay, won in corporation wards, including 3 in Chennai.

Transgender candidate, R. Ganga of the DMK, won from the Vellore Municipal corporation by a margin of 15 votes. This is the first time a transgender candidate has won from the DMK in urban local body polls.

Three candidates, including an AIADMK candidate, got only zero votes in Karambukudi panchayat in Pudukottai district even though all three had votes in the same constituency.

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