Mettupalayam : Oct 28, 2011 : The recent local body election has witnessed a different outcome to the previous elections where the dravidian and congress parties have won almost all the elections since the local body elections were conducted on this soil. This time however, D.Sathish Kumar of BJP has proved everyone wrong. It is said that he was a close runner to the other candidates with his earlier work, but there were few who could predict his victory. The AIADMK lost this election despite winning a major share across the state. There have been quite a number of other candidates from the independent category for the ward councillors and there is still 11 members in the councillors. The margin of votes was about 1831 votes which is about 5.4% of the votes polled. Considering that there were 33,989 votes polled, getting one third of the votes was quite some effort. The other parties DMK and the Indian National Congress who have lost this election did not help their cause. The incumbent candidate being a Congress Candidate and from the majority Vokkaliga community was not enough to atleast claim her deposit. There were several other independents who gathered 7.34% and other parties such as the DMDK, PMK and MDMK grabbing the remainder. This election has perhaps sent a message to the ruling party that there are more issues that need immediate focus such as the transportation issue in town and the water scarcity for the town which lies on the banks of River Bhavani. This surely would get more attention in the elections to come and also matters that are considered in implementation.

Data Source : Tamil Nadu Election Commission of India.

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