Uma Thomas / Photo: Mathrubhumi
The popular narrative over the candidacy of Uma Thomas in Thrikkakara bypoll was that the Congress picked her up to gain an edge with the sympathy wave from the death of her husband PT Thomas, which actually necessitated the election.
Another added layer to this narrative was that Uma was chosen because she was never a new face for the voters as she accompanied PT Thomas in his political pursuits like a shadow.
However, her win in the constituency with a record margin of more than 25,000 votes squares the narrative.
She not only breached PT Thomas’ victory margin in the constituency but also crossed Congress veteran Benny Behanan’s lead of 22,406 votes.
Not just arch-rival LDF and BJP, but also KV Thomas who is in her camp endorsed this narrative. But with the election result, Uma has stunned them and has tongue-tied all those who professed that popular narrative.
The election verdict shows Uma does not require the label of PT Thomas to prove her political stature. She groomed herself in the field from the time she was in Maharaja’s college.
Uma was a college union vice-chairperson in 1984. She was also a college union councillor. She was active in political circles and one among KSU’s popular faces then.
Though after the marriage to PT Thomas she was not in limelight, her political experience helped her to script history by winning the Thrikkakara bypoll. She has a way with how things work on the ground and the same was reflected in the campaigning despite some aberrations.
Graduated in Zoology, Uma has been the assistant manager in the finance department of Kochi Aster Medcity. Her education and professional background too have helped for the stunning victory.