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LDF retains Kochi Corporation

Staff Reporter

Front secures 46 seats; Deputy Mayor defeated


KOCHI: The ruling Left Democratic Front-Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) combine posted an impressive win in Kochi Corporation by securing 46 out of 71 seats. The UDF was reduced to 23 seats and BJP one. One independent candidate also won the election.

The LDF had been ruling the Corporation for the last two decades. Unlike the last council, where the ruling front had a slender margin, the poll results gave the LDF clear edge over its rivals in the council.

In the last council, the LDF had the support of 33 members, UDF 31 and the BJP two.

In the new council, the CPI(M) became the single largest party with 34 seats and its new ally DIC(K) became the second largest group in the front with four. BJP candidate Shyamala S. Prabhu continued her winning streak in this election too by winning the Cheralai division with a convincing margin of 1,597 votes. She defeated the LDF-supported independent candidate B. Lata Kumari.

The Muslim League's representation in the council has been reduced to one from three in the outgoing council.

T.K. Ashraf of the IUML defeated V.M. Shamsudeen, a former League councillor, who later joined the CPI and contested as the party candidate, by a margin of 1,108 votes.

The representation of the DIC(K), which had nine members in the outgoing council, was reduced to four in the new council. N. Venugopal, V.J. Hyscinth, K.M. Hamsakunju and Sunita Asharaf are its representatives.

The prominent losers in the election include A.V. George, Deputy Mayor of the outgoing council, and Laly Vincent, AICC member and one of the mayoral candidates of the Congress.

Johnson of Kerala Congress (Mani), who got 1,441 votes, trounced Mr. George by a margin of 208 votes. Vijayakumar Biju, an independent candidate, came third with 1,185 votes.

K.G. Dineshan of the CPI(M) defeated Ms. Vincent by a margin of 1,302 votes. C.K. Gopalan, Congress, one of the senior councillors in the Corporation, retained his position posting a 21-vote victory over his nearest rival Peter, who had the support of the LDF.

While the former Congress councillor Leno Jacob won the Ernakulam Central division for his party by a margin of 298 votes, his former party colleague T.J. Cleatus of the DIC (K) came third. He polled 909 votes while Dileep Kumar of the BJP came second in the division with 1,326 votes. K.N. Sunilkumar of the CPI (M) continued his impressive performance in this election too by winning the Pullardesam division with record margin. He won the seat by a record margin of 3,182 votes.

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