Congress nominee and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy proved his spirit on Tuesday morning while winning the Puducherry by-polls in Nellithoppe, which witnessed a fierce electoral battle between him and AIADMK’s Om Sakthi Sekar.
Narayanasamy who is not a member of the territorial assembly had emerged as a compromise candidate for Chief Minister’s post after May 16 assembly elections.
Vote counting of the Nellithoppe started early morning
The counting of votes of the Nellithoppe assembly by-election started early Tuesday morning and the decision of public in the form of votes went to Narayanasamy as Puducherry’s Chief Minister.This election was impetuous for him because his continuation in the post depended on the result of the by-poll. For the two times MLA from the constituency Om Sakthi Sekar, the electoral battle was an opportunity to prove himself after the defeat in the last Assembly elections.
Counting of votes took place for four Lok Sabha and eight Assembly Constituencies, spread across six States and one Union Territory where by-elections were held on Saturday.
In Tamil Nadu, bypolls were held for Thanjavur, Aravakurichi and Tiruparakundram Assembly by-elections held on 19th of this month. In the first round of counting for the assembly, seats ended at around 9.30 am and that time AIADMK was leading in all three constituencies.
The Lok Sabha seats are Lakhimpur in Assam, Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh and Coochbehar and Tamluk Parliamentary seats in West Bengal, while the Assembly seats were in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
In Tripura, the counting of votes for by-poll in Barjala and Khowai assembly constituencies started at 8 am in the midst of tight security where CPIM won both the assembly seats in the state.
In Assam, the counting of votes for Lakhimpur Lok Sabha and Baithalangso assembly by-polls is being held amid tight security. Over 66 percent polling was reported at Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat while over 74 percent voters exercised their voting rights at Baithalangso assembly seat.
Bypolls: Battle between Congress and BJP in Assam
Five candidates are in the polls’ battleground for the Lakhimpur seat while the political fate of three candidates will be decided at Baithalangso assembly seat. Most likely the straight contest will be between the NDA and the Congress.
The result of the bypoll will be the first test for the Sabanand Sonowal led BJP government in the state with Congress newly appointed state president Ripun Bora.