TAMIL NADU

Azhagiri bags more votes in rural segments

HANDSOME WIN: Returning Officer P. Seetharaman giving away the declaration certificate to DMK Lok Sabha candidate of Madurai constituency M.K. Azhagiri, who won, at the counting centre in Madurai on Saturday.

HANDSOME WIN: Returning Officer P. Seetharaman giving away the declaration certificate to DMK Lok Sabha candidate of Madurai constituency M.K. Azhagiri, who won, at the counting centre in Madurai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: —Photo: S.James.

L. Srikrishna

Impressive total, thanks to Melur and Madurai East segments

MADURAI: The DMK candidate M. K. Azhagiri bagged more votes from rural segments (Melur) in the Lok Sabha constituency than in urban pockets.

Mr. Azhagiri polled 83,046 votes in Melur Assembly segment, while CPI (M) candidate P. Mohan got 40,599 votes and DMDK candidate K. Kaviarasu polled 7,417 votes. Mr. Azhagiri established a lead of 42,447 votes over his nearest rival Mr. Mohan.

In Madurai East, the DMK polled 81,573 votes, the CPI (M) got 51,925 and DMDK bagged 11,061 votes. Though the margin was 29,648 votes, the DMK consolidated its lead over the Communist candidate.

In Madurai North, the DMK candidate polled 64,425 votes while the CPI (M) bagged 48,470 votes and the DMDK got 9632 votes. Mr. Azhagiri led by a margin of 15,955 votes than Mr. Mohan.

In Madurai South, Mr. Azhagiri polled 59,354 votes, Mr. Mohan got 48,880 votes and the DMDK bagged 8,577 votes. The margin between the DMK and the CPI (M) stood at 10,474 in this segment.

In Madurai Central, the DMK got 71,943 votes while the CPI (M) polled 47,125 votes and the DMDK got 8,888 votes. The DMK got a lead of 24,818 votes.

In Madurai West, the DMK polled 70,347 votes, the CPI (M) got 53,158 votes and the DMDK secured 8,829 votes. The DMK maintained a lead of 17,189 votes.

Though, Mr. Azhagiri maintained a clear lead over Mr Mohan by a margin of 10,000 votes right from the first round (out of 17 rounds), two Assembly segments Melur and Madurai East gave the former an impressive total, followed by Madurai Central Assembly. The lowest difference between the DMK and the CPI (M) was in Madurai South and Madurai North.

The DMDK candidate managed to get 11,061 from Madurai East, while he polled less than 10,000 votes in all other five Assembly segments. Barring Mr. Mohan, all other candidates lost their deposits.

Another record

Mr. Azhagiri is the first candidate to win on a DMK ticket from Madurai Lok Sabha constituency though the DMK had contested here in the past. Party cadres and functionaries were in an upbeat mood; they burst crackers and distributed sweets to the public.

Madurai Corporation Deputy Mayor P. M. Mannan said that Mr. Azhagiri would bring more laurels to Madurai and southern districts in the coming years and hoped the MP elect from Madurai would get an important berth in the Union cabinet.

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