Staff Reporter

After a gap of two decades; it thrashes DMDK candidate

CUMBUM: After a gap of two decades, Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam won the Cumbum assembly seat in the by-election here on Friday.

DMK candidate N. Ramakrishnan won the seat thrashing DMDK rival R. Arun Kumar by a whopping margin of 57,373 votes. Of the total 1,45,673 electors in the constituency, total votes polled were 1,12,170 and the invalid five votes, all were postal ballots. Mr. Ramakrishnan garnered 81,515 votes and the DMDK candidate got 24,142 votes. CPI-M candidate K. Rajappan got 2,303 votes and BJP candidate M. Sasikumar gained 946 votes. (He had joined the DMK five days before polling.) Both the CPIM and the BJP lost their deposits.

The DMK maintained its supremacy in postal ballots also as it garnered 13 out of 19 postal ballots leaving just one DMDK.

With the support of AIADMK and MDMK, Mr. Ramakrishnan had won the seat in MDMK ticket by a wafer thin margin of 1,958 votes against DMK candidate P. Selvendran in 2006 Assembly election. He had gained 50,761 only. His total votes in the 2006 assembly election did not match even the margin he gained in 2009 assembly polls.

In 1989, N. Ramakrishnan had contested in DMK ticket and won the seat thrashing AIADMK (J) candidate R.T. Gopalan. Later, the constituency was held by Congress in 1991 and by TMC between 1996 and 2001. In 2006 poll, Ramakrishnan had contested again in MDMK ticket and won the seat with support of AIADMK.

He had resigned his MLA post and joined the DMK in 2009 forcing election commission to declare by poll in the constituency. The constituency was in the hands of AIADMK from 1977 to 1984.