KOCHI: Thamarakkulam is a lesser-known grama panchayat in the Alappuzha district. The defeat of a BJP candidate in ward-VI of the panchayat is perhaps the most discussed election-related topic in social media, ever since the results were declared on Saturday.
The debate sparked off after BJP candidate Jagadamma’s son Rajesh shared a post on Facebook, stating that his postal vote also contributed to the defeat of his mother, who lost to the CPI candidate for seven votes.
Jagadamma, who is a teacher as per Rajesh’s post, got 353 votes. The CPI candidate emerged victorious with 359 votes, while the UDF came third with 358 votes. Rajesh does not express any regret for casting vote against his mother. The post went viral on the social media, with more than 4,300 ‘shares’ and 8,700 ‘likes’.
The translation of the comment in Malayalam, posted on Facebook, reads: “My mother, who was a BJP candidate in ward-VI of the Thamarakkulam panchayat, lost the election. The postal vote cast by her son, a government employee, also contributed to her failure. I write this with a lot of pain. I am more nationalistic than any ‘56” man’, and am concerned about the 126 crore people of my country.”