March 21st, 2012
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Anoop Jacob wins Piravom by poll

Piravom: UDF candidate Anoop Jacob won the Piravom by- poll defeating his nearest LDF rival MJ Jacob by a huge margin of 12071 votes. After counting the UDF emerged victorious with 82757 votes. LDF leader MJ Jacob received 70686 votes. KR Rajagopal of Bharatiya Janata Party ended up a distant third with 3,241 votes. With this win the UDF tally in the state assembly has gone up to 72.

The counting was held at the Nirmala Juniors school, Muvattupuzha. Counting first began at the Tiruvankulam and Chottanikara panchayats. After the counting at 135 booths were completed Anoop Jacob had won the elections by 12071 votes.  Mr. Anoop Jacob had been leading steadily since the counting began at 8 am this morning. The margin climbed to more than 10,000 within one-and-a-half hours of counting. Even in LDF strongholds such as Koothatukulam the LDF faced major set back.  With this victory the UDF is moving to a comfortable majority from a wafer thin majority. In the 2011 elections, Mr Anoop  Jacob’s father, T M Jacob had defeated  MJ Jacob and had won from the constituency with a margin of just 157 votes. Anoop Jacob who stepped into his fathers shoes put up quite an impressive show by raising the winning margin of his father from 157 to 12071 . UDF activists have started celebration the victory of their UDF candidate Anoop Jacob.

A record polling percentage of 86.3 per cent was registered in the crucial bypoll on Saturday. Piravam has a total of 1.83,493 voters. There are 93,245 women and 89,925 male voters. The election had been peaceful and no untoward activity was sighted at any booth in this agricultural panchayat that has a huge majority of women voters.

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of former Food and Civil supplies minister, TM Jacob, father of Anoop Jacob. With his death, the UDF strength in the 140-member assembly has gone down to 71, while in the LDF camp, the recent resignation of Neyyatinkara MLA, Selvraj (CPM), has reduced its strength to 67. The by-election has been as  important as the 2011 assembly polls, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance scraped through with a wafer thin majority, which enabled Oommen Chandy to form the new government.





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