Puducherry CM Narayanaswamy wins Nellithope bypoll
Ruling party candidates in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry shot into initial lead as counting of votes in the four assembly constituencies began on Tuesday.
By-elections in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were held on November 19.
Congress leader and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy on Tuesday emerged victorious after beating Om Sakthi Sekhar of the AIADMK by a margin of over 11,000 votes in Nellithope, Puducherry.
Polls were held in three assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu – Thirupparankundram, Aravakkurichi and Thanjavur- and Nellithope constituency in Puducherry.
According to Election Commission in Thanjavur constituency, the AIADMK has shot into lead after two rounds of counting.
In Aravakkurichi, ruling AIADMK’s V. Senthil Balaji is fighting against the DMK’s K. C. Palanisamy while at Thirupparankundram the AIADMK’s A. K. Bose is facing DMK’s P. Saravanan.
The Election Commission had cancelled the polls for Aravakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly constituencies, originally scheduled along with all other constituencies on May 16, following seizure of a huge sum of money by election officials.
In Thanjavur, the AIADMK’s M. Rengasamy is pitted against the DMK’s Anjugam Bhoopathy.
In Thirupparankundram, the by-election has been necessitated by the death of AIADMK’s legislator S. S. Seenivel.
While there are other parties in the fray, the contest is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh, BJP candidate Manju Dadu leads by a margin of over 10,000 votes in Nepanagar constituency.