Cong retains Kamaraj Nagar seat in Puducherry

Cong retains Kamaraj Nagar seat in Puducherry

S Murari

The Congress has retained the Kamaraj Nagar Territorial Assembly seat in the by-election with its candidate John Kumar defeating his nearest N R Congress rival Bhuvaneswaran by 7,000 votes.

John Kumar, former legislator, polled 14,782 votes out of the total 24,310 while Bhuvaneswaran secured 7,612. Other candidates forfeited their security deposits.

Kamaraj Nagar was a Congress held seat and it fell vacant after Speaker V Vaithialingam resigned after his election to the Lok Sabha in the April elections. The Congress was backed by the DMK while NR Congress was supported by the AIADMK.

Unlike in Tamil Nadu, Congress is strong in the Union Territory. The DMK was always in the reckoning, sometimes sharing power with the Congress like now or sometimes governing on its own.

Unlike in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK has never been strong in Puducherry. Even in the present 30-member Assembly, the NR Congress is the main opposition with seven members while the AIADMK has just three.