Chennai: The All India
NR Congress (AINRC) Thursday won the Indira Nagar seat in
Puducherry while the AIADMK was leading in the Tiruchirapalli West
constituency of Tamil Nadu as counting of votes was held for the
Oct 13 assembly by-polls.
In the Tamil Nadu seat, at the end of the seventh round, ruling
AIADMK candidate M. Paranjothi was leading by 27,606 votes while
his nearest rival, DMK's former minister K.N. Nehru, was trailing
with over 21,458 votes.
Though 16 candidates were in the fray for Tiruchirapalli West, the
main fight was between Paranjothi and Nehru. The by-poll was
necessitated by the death of AIADMK's Mariam Pitchai in a road
accident in May.
In Puducherry, the ruling AINRC candidate A. Tamilsevane won the
Indira Nagar seat by securing 15,053 votes while his closest
rival, K. Aroumougam of the Congress, polled 7,007 votes.
The AIADMK had fielded A. Venkateswaran who got 1,578 votes.
The by-poll in Puducherry was necessitated by the resignation of
AINRC head and Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, who chose to retain
the Kadirkamam seat.