Thrikkakara: UDF candidate Uma Thomas won the Thrikkakara by-election for a margin of 25,016 votes. She ensured a comfortable lead during each phase of postal vote counting itself which was above the expectations of Congress. Following three rounds, Uma Thomas bagged double the votes achieved by PT Thomas in 2021.
While she polled a total of over 72,000 votes, her nearest rival Joseph could garner only over 47,000 votes.
BJP nominee A N Radhakrishnan came third.
CPM Ernakulam district secretary Mohanan said that the election is not an assessment of the government. UDF leaders meanwhile concentrated their attack on Pinarayi Vijayan.
PT Thomas garnered a lead of 1258, 1180 and 693 in the first three rounds. By overtaking these counts, Uma could secure a lead of 2197, 2290 and 1531 respectively in the three rounds.
Congress workers are in a jubilant mood and started celebrating. Ernakulam DCC said that UDF lead in Thrikkakara is a major setback for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
There are 12 rounds of counting. The counting of votes began at 8 am on Friday with six postal ballots and four service votes.
The final results are expected by 11 am.
The strong room in Maharajas College, Ernakulam was opened and the voting machines was taken out in the presence of the candidates and political representatives. 21 tables have been arranged for the counting. Only candidates and their election and counting agents are allowed in the counting hall. Mobile phones are not allowed in the hall.
While many expected the turnout to be the highest ever since the constituency came into being in 2011, it turned out to be the lowest ever with 68.77 per cent.