PATHANAMTHITTA: Jacob Vanchippalam of Kerala Congress(M) was elected as the new chairman of Thiruvalla municipality at an election held at the council hall on Tuesday. The election was following the resignation of R. Jayakumar of Congress as per an internal arrangement of the United Democratic Front. Mr. Vanchippalam bagged 23 votes while his rival, M.P. Gopalakrishnan of CPI(M) got 12 votes. The new chairman took oath of office later in the afternoon. —Staff Reporter

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