He secured 3,00,391 votes
PUDUCHERRY: Congress candidate V. Narayanasamy won the Lok Sabha seat with a huge margin, maintaining a clear lead in 25 of the 30 Assembly segments against his rival Pattali Makkal Katchi nominee M. Ramadass.
Of 6,08,092 votes polled, Mr. Narayanasamy secured 3,00,391 votes against 2,08,619 polled by Mr. Ramadass. Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam candidate K.A.U. Asanaa secured 52,638 votes, thus retaining his deposit. Bharatiya Janata Party candidate M. Viswaswaran got 13,442 votes and lost his deposit. Others who lost deposit included Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) candidate S. Balasubramanian and Bahujan Samaj Party nominee M. Somasundaram.
The lead of 91,772 secured by Mr. Narayanasamy against his PMK rival is the second highest secured by any candidate in the parliamentary elections held in the Union Territory. Senior Congress leader P. Shanmugam still holds the record of securing the highest margin of 98,564 against Janata Party rival in 1980 Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Narayanasamy secured clear margin in 25 Assembly segments, except Kadirgamam, Indira Nagar and Thattanchavady, where former Chief Minister N. Rangasamy has a sizeable influence. In all the three Assembly constituencies, the PMK candidate polled more votes than the Congress nominee. However, the Congress can be cheerful that its candidate secured more votes in Mannadipet and Ariankuppam Assembly constituencies where the PMK has substantial following and had won the two seats in last Assembly polls.
The Congress performed reasonably well in the Karaikal region, where it lost all seats it contested in the last Assembly elections. Mr. Narayanasamy maintained a lead of 2,000 to 5,000 in all five Assembly constituencies in the Karaikal region.
Mr. Narayanasamy was also able to gather a large number of votes in constituencies such as Ouppalam and Nellithope, where the PMK’s alliance partner, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, retains the Assembly seats. In fact in Nellithope, the Congress candidate secured 2,000 more votes than the PMK candidate.