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Vellappally re-elected SNDP Yogam chief

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Polling peaceful barring minor scuffles



PATIENT WAIT: Voters queue up at S.N. College, Cherthala, on Wednesday for the SNDP Yogam elections. — Photo: Johney Thomas

ALAPPUZHA: Vellappally Natesan has been re-elected Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam general secretary for the third time. Mr. Natesan defeated his once-confidante-turned-rival C.K. Vidyasagar by a huge margin.

In the elections held at Cherthala on Wednesday, the panel led by Mr. Natesan defeated the panel led by the present president (Mr. Vidyasagar) hands down. Mr. Vidyasagar failed to put up even a good fight.

The other newly elected office-bearers of the Yogam are as follows:

G. Kamalasanan is the new president. He defeated the rival panel candidate S. Sujatan. The Travancore Devaswom Board member M.B. Sreekumar is the new vice-president. He defeated D. Prabha. The new Devaswom secretary is M.N .Soman. He defeated M.S. Prasanna.

All of the candidates in the panel lead by Mr. Natesan won more than 90 per cent of the valid votes. Of the total of 8,517 voters 8,003 cast their votes.

The election was held at S.N. College amid tight security in the presence of O. Ramachandran Nambiar, the single-man commission directed by the High Court to oversee the election.

The election was generally peaceful barring minor scuffles between supporters of the official panel led by Mr. Natesan and supporters of the panel of Mr. Vidyasagar. A large posse of police was present.

The election that began at 11 a.m. ended at 5 p.m. as scheduled. Mr. Vidyasagar was jeered by supporters of Mr. Natesan when he visited the booths.

Mr. Vidyasagar said the supporters of Mr. Natesan manhandled him and vice-president candidate on his panel D. Prabha. Many people without identity cards cast their votes, he added.

Mr. Natesan said the election was held under the watchful eyes of the commission directed by the court and nobody could subvert the process. The complaint of attack raised by Mr. Vidyasagar was false.

Ramachandran Nambiar told The Hindu that he did not receive any formal complaint of rigging of the election.

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