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At last, Shanimol romps home in style

UDF candidate Shanimol Usman after her victory in the Aroor Assembly bypoll on Thursday

UDF candidate Shanimol Usman after her victory in the Aroor Assembly bypoll on Thursday  

She had fought 3 polls sans a win

For Shanimol Usman of the Congress, the Aroor byelection was a do-or-die battle.

Ms. Usman who had fought three major elections, including two Assembly elections from Peruvamaboor and Ottappalam in 2006 and 2016 and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Alappuzha, had lost all of them.

However, her performance in the Aroor segment in the Lok Sabha elections, gaining a lead of 648 votes against her rival A.M. Ariff of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) helped her to win the Congress ticket to contest the bypoll.

And, the fourth time it turned out to be lucky as she breached one of the Left citadels, albeit with a narrow victory.

Thanks voters

She thanked God, the United Democratic Front (UDF) leadership and voters of Aroor following her victory. “A united, cohesive campaign by UDF workers helped to wrest the seat from the CPI(M),” Ms. Usman said.

According to Congress leaders, the victory was the result of a unified campaign and well-planned election strategy. Ms. Usman enjoyed the support of a cross-section of communities in Aroor.

The Congress victory is also notable in view of the fact that the relationship between the leadership of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, representing the majority Ezhava community, and party’s district leadership remains mostly frosty.

In the meantime, the CPI(M) which was hoping to coast to victory carrying on the indirect support provided by the SNDP Yogam, however, failed to garner enough Ezhava votes.

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