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Sebastian Paul bags Ernakulam seat

September 29, 2003 11:21 IST
Last Updated: September 29, 2003 13:09 IST

Left Democratic Frontnominee Sebastian Paul wonthe Ernakulam Lok Sabha seatdefeatingCongressman M O John, the United Development Front candidate, by22,134 votes.

The LDF thus wrested Ernakulamfrom the Congress.

Paulgot 335, 310 votes;Johnwon313,176 votes.

John lostsix of the seven assembly segments that constitute theconstituency.

In the 1999 general election, George Eden (Congress)polled 394,058 votes or50.78 percent of the votes cast, defeating the LDF'sMani Vithayathil, who won282,753 votes or 36.44 percent of the votes cast.

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Senior Congress leader K Karunakaran held Kerala Chief Minister A K Antony responsible for the party's defeat.

"I am not a bit surprised at the results. I am not a person who rejoices in the defeat of a Congress candidate. But for this defeat, the chief minister is solely responsible," Karunakaran, who had refused to campaign for John, said in Thiruvananthapuram.

"The leadership should now be ready to gauge the public sentiment and take lessons from the defeat," he said amid loud cheers from his supporters.

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Number of User Comments: 20

Sub: Surprised??

Poor John.Didnt realise the power of the leader.Better luck next time

Posted by Anand

Sub: ernakulam polls

in my opinion it is not right to say cm mr anthoneyis sole responsible for the defeat of their may observe that dif of ...

Posted by m k swamy

Sub: kerala bypoll

remove k.k from congress for antiparty activities

Posted by sanjay bhagat

Sub: shame antony !

Antony should go out

Posted by Anil

Sub: Politrics of A &I

Nothing surprising. Karunakaran wins the Election by putting every efforts to defeat Antony's candidate. Poor I Congressmen. To whom they will vote tomorrow - to ...

Posted by JP Nair



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