CHENNAI: Thanking the voters for giving an overwhelming victory to the AIADMK in the civic bypolls, party general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa described it as a stamp of approval for good governance.
“I have appealed to the people to vote for the AIADMK in the by-elections to local bodies by weighing the developmental and visionary schemes implemented during the past three years. Now the electorate, as an approval for good governance, has strengthened my hands by giving an overwhelming victory to the AIADMK candidates”, Jayalalithaa said in a statement here.
Already, AIADMK nominee for Tirunelveli Corporation, candidates for four municipalities, one town panchayats and many other local body posts have been declared elected unopposed, she recalled. She also thanked the party cadre who had worked incessantly for this victory.
Meanwhile, AIADMK candidate A David Gnanasekaran emerged victorious in the bypoll to ward 35 of Tondiarpet zone, defeating his nearest rival by a margin of 18,154 votes. Of the total 23,429 votes, Gnanasekaran polled 19,676 while his BJP rival, TN Lakshmi Narasimhan, secured a mere 1,552 votes. CPM candidate Vasantha Kumar polled 1,032 votes while Abu Dahir of Social Democratic Party of India received 1,007 votes. An independent candidate polled 192 votes. The polls, conducted on September 18, had witnessed a low turnout. Ward 35, which comprises of Erukkanchery, Kodungaiyur, Muthamil Nagar, KKD Nagar and Nehru Nagar areas, has had no councillor since the death of A Gnanasekaran.