UDF retains Changanassery municipality
Changanasserry: Sajan Francis, of PJ Joseph faction, has sworn in as the chairman of Changanassery municipality.
UDF retained power in the municipality after a lot of drama. Two Congress party members changed their alliance and voted for LDF while the vote of another Congress member became invalid.
Sajan Francis received 16 votes, while the LDF and BJP candidates got 15 and 4 votes respectively. The second phase of voting was conducted without the BJP candidate. This was because of the rule which mandates that a candidate should get more votes than his/her opposing candidate.
The change of administration was caused by the disputes within the Kerala Congress. The LDF candidate was a Congress rebel. LDF presented the rebel as their candidate to take advantage of the situation.