T Padmakumari of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration can proceed as a councillor within the Kochi company as fortune has favoured her twice in two years. If the primary lot was within the polling sales space, the second lot was drawn within the courtroom.
Within the native physique elections held in 2020, Padmakumari, a political novice, shocked Congress heavyweight N Venugopal, who was a choose for mayor, by one vote. Curiously, the election within the Island North Division, a Congress stronghold, needed to endure an unprecedented course of. Although 496 folks exercised their franchise, on the finish of polling, solely 495 votes had been recorded within the digital voting machine (EVM). It wanted yet one more vote within the machine to declare the method of election full.
Therefore, the presiding officer, with the consent of all events, determined to solid a vote. Then the vote was determined by a lottery, and the lot got here in favour of Padmakumari. Accordingly, the presiding officer voted for her image ‘lotus’. Nevertheless, there was one other shock in ready. When the votes had been counted, Padmakumari surprised everybody by seizing the ward from Congress, that too by one vote.
Quickly, the rival candidate, N Venugopal, approached the Principal Munsiff Courtroom, alleging the vote by the presiding officer was irregular.
The courtroom accepted Venugopal’s argument and stated the vote by the presiding officer was in a way not even heard of. Following this, that additional vote was annulled. With this, the variety of votes for the BJP and the UDF candidates grew to become 181 every. Therefore, a draw was necessitated to pick out the winner. Within the lottery held within the courtroom on Wednesday, within the presence of the attorneys, Padmakumari emerged because the fortunate one.
The Congress camp, in the meantime, was getting ready plans to take over the company on its energy if the lot had been in favour of Venugopal. There have been proposals to deliver the independents to the Congress aspect and retrieve the company reins from the CPI(M). However destiny was in favour of Padmakumari and all of the Congress’s plans had been in useless. BJP staff celebrated the victory by giving a reception to Padmakumari, who was re-elected as councillor.
Final month, the BJP might retain the Ernakulam South division as Padmaja Menon was elected within the by-election following the demise of their councillor. The saffron celebration has 5 seats within the Kochi company council, the very best in its historical past.
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