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May 17, 2009

AIADMK Sweeps Tirupur


Chellappa Sivasami of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has walked into the annals of history by becoming the first candidate to get elected from the newly-constituted Tirupur Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday by defeating his nearest rival Salarapatty Kuppusamy Kharventhan of Indian National Congress by a margin of 85,346 votes.

While Mr. Sivasami got 2,95,731 votes of the total 7,41,714 votes cast (which includes postal ballot) in the elections, Mr. Kharventhan received 2,10,385 votes. K. Balasubramanian of Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam, a newly-born party, finished a surprise third with 95,299 votes polled in favour of him. Though highly tipped to finish third, N. Dinesh Kumar of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam could get only the fourth spot with a tally of 86,933 votes.The only woman candidate out of the 21 contestants in the fray, P. Malarvizhi (Independent) got only 1,171 out of the total polled votes. Soon after the counting commenced at Gobichettipalayam Arts and Science College on Saturday, Mr. Sivasami shot into lead from where he never looked back.

At the end of the first round, Mr. Sivasami was ahead of Mr. Kharventhan by 4,302 votes. He constantly extended the lead to about 50,000 by the end of the ninth round.By 14th round, the lead of Mr. Sivasami was widened to 76,906.Mr. Kharventhan got more votes than Mr. Sivasamy only in Gobichettipalayam Assembly segment.

Postal ballots

Of the total 1,155 postal votes polled in this election, Mr. Kharventhan got 690, Mr. Sivasami got 70, K. Balasubramanian (KMK) got 81, M. Sivakumar (BJP) got five, R. Pandian and A.. Karthikkeyean (both independents) got two each and the rest were invalid.

Meanwhile, the number of voters who had exercised the option available under Rule 49 (O) of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, which entitles voters to register their refusal to votes, was 130.

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