UDF candidate wins by a margin of 1,11,206 votes
PATHANAMTHITTA: United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Anto Antony Punnathaniyil of the Congress was declared elected to represent the newly constituted Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency, on Saturday.
Mr. Antony defeated his nearest rival K. Ananthagopan of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) by a margin of 1,11,206 votes.
The total electorate of the constituency is 12,08,376 and the combined polling of the seven Assembly segments of Adoor, Konni, Aranmula, Ranni, Thiruvalla, Poonjar and Kanjirappally stood at 7,97,367.
Mr. Ananthagopan got a total of 2,97,026 votes against Mr. Antony’s 4,08,232 votes. B. Radhakrishna Menon of the Bharatiya Janata Party got 56,294 votes. K.K. Nair of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Mani C. Kappan of the Nationalist Congress Party have 22,424 votes and 4,445 votes, respectively. Pathanamthitta had the largest voter strength among the constituencies in the State.
The Congress candidate could maintain a steady lead throughout the counting process. He secured a lead of 34,837 votes when counting was completed for 401 of the 1,099 poling booths in the constituency.
The CPI(M) candidate bagged 626 postal votes and the UDF candidate got 558. Of the 1,504 postal votes polled, 213 were declared invalid. The BJP, BSP and NCP polled 84, 14 and 8 postal votes respectively.
The Poonjar Assembly segment, with the lowest electorate strength, gave Mr. Antony the largest lead of 26,224 votes. The Konni segment gave him 8,760 votes, the lowest. District Congress Committee president P. Mohanraj, vice-president Abraham George Pachayil, and Charles Antony were present as UDF agents at the Collectorate here on Saturday.
R. Unnikrishna Pillai, CPI(M) State committee member, was the LDF’s chief election agent at the Collectorate.