The district wore a festive look as jubilant AIADMK cadre celebrated the party’s emphatic win in the bypoll on Friday. It was jubilation for the party workers right from the declaration of the first round of results.
The AIADMK’s lead over its closest rival, the DMDK, which initially hovered around 4,000 votes, went up round after round, triggering celebration as cadre were seen bursting crackers, distributing sweets and breaking into dance.
The festivities touched a crescendo when the votes polled by AIADMK crossed one lakh and the result was announced.
Cadre were seen moving through the town, which resounded with the sound crackers throughout the day, shouting slogans and flashing the victory symbol. Immediately after the results were declared, party workers thronged all the counting centres with banners hailing party chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
They then went on a procession and garlanded the statue of party founder MGR and former Chief Minister C N Annadurai. Party candidate V R Karthick Thondaiman, Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare N Subramaniyan, MP P Kumar, and many other district and state-level functionaries took part in the procession.
Speaking to reporters in front of a counting centre, Subramaniyan told reporters that it was a victory for the achivements of the Chief Minister for the last one year. “We dedicate this victory to Amma,” he added. The victory margin and the votes polled were more than the party secured in the Sankarankoil and Tiruchy (West) by-elections.