Congress stamps authority in Gandhinagar bypoll

BANGALORE:  T Gopalakrishna of Congress has been elected as the Corporator of Gandhinagar  (Ward Number 94). The by-election was held on February 26 and counting of votes was done on

Published: 01st March 2012 02:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:26 PM   |  A+A-

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Congress candidate T Gopalakrishna after his victory in Gandhinagar bypoll on Wednesday | Nagaraja Gadekal

BANGALORE:  T Gopalakrishna of Congress has been elected as the Corporator of Gandhinagar  (Ward Number 94). The by-election was held on February 26 and counting of votes was done on Wednesday.

BJP’s G Ramachandra stood second, while JD(S) candidate P K Suresh came third. Gopalakrisha polled 6,271 votes, Ramachandra got 4,725 votes and Suresh managed to get 408 votes.

The by-election had become a prestigious issue for the three political parties. The Ruling BJP party wanted to retain its seat.

However, the Congress won the seat by a big margin. Meanwhile, the AIADMK candidate got 171 votes despite campaigning by two ministers from Tamil Nadu. The counting of votes began at 8 am at a government school in the ward.

Only 47 per cent of the total 24,851 voters had voted in the election. The police had made elaborate security arrangements in the ward as a precautionary measure.

The by-election was necessitated following the murder of R Nataraj, last year.

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