Thrikkakara assembly bypoll counting round seven completes, Uma Thomas continue to hold leading position.
The counting of votes for the Thrikkakara assembly bypoll started today, on June 3, 2022, at Maharaja’s College Ernakulam. The total vote count after 7 rounds stands at – Uma Thomas 43,075, Jo Joseph 28, 171, AN Radha Krishnan 8,711, NOTA 673. Uma Thomas leads with 18,211 votes.
The vote will be counted in 12 rounds. A total of 239 booths were set up in the constituency. The by-election was conducted due to the death of Congress legislator P T Thomas. Congress has fielded Uma Thomas, the wife of the late legislator, whose death necessitated the by-election.
The Left candidate is cardiologist Dr Jo Joseph of the CPI(M). The BJP is also in the fray with its seasoned leader A N Radhakrishnan as the candidate.
CPI(M) accepted defeat at the end of the sixth round. CPI(M) district secretary C V Mohan said the developments seen in the election were unexpected. C V Mohan also said that there is need to analyse the short comings of the party.
While Mohan states that CM Pinarayi Vijayan never led the campai, where many reports suggest that he led the campaign at Thrikkakara along with 75 of their legislators.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had reportedly led the campaign at Thrikkakara and accompanying him were all his cabinet ministers and 75 of their legislators had campaigned at Thrikkakara.
Top leaders of CPI(M) like Vijayan and Balakrishnan and others, remained behind closed doors at the state party headquarters in the state capital and all eyes are on what they have to say.
While many expected the turnout to be the highest ever since the constituency came into being 2011, when polling ended it turned out to be the least ever with only 68.77 per cent electorate exercising their franchise.
For now one thing is certain that she will surpass the lead that her late husband P T Thomas won at the April 2021 Assembly polls.
(With inputs from IANS)