High drama preceded TN Minister's election result declaration

Last Updated: Sat, May 14, 2011 17:14 hrs

Sivaganga: High drama preceded declaration of Tamil Nadu Minister K R Periyakaruppan as the winner from Tirupattur defeating AIADMK's R S Raja Kannappan on Saturday as counting was halted midway following doubts raised by the eventual loser over intactness of seals of some EVMs.

Periyakaruppan was declared elected by 1,584 votes on Saturday morning after Kannappan was persuaded to allow resumption of counting by officials who dispelled his doubts over the EVMs late on Friday night.

Officials said Kannappan was leading by slender margins ranging between 400 to 700 till 17th round when it dwindled to just 46 votes.

Kannappan then objected to counting votes from some EVMs which he suspected had been tampered with leading to a quarrel between his agents and that of the rival.

Soon it was a free for all as furniture was hurled around by both groups and CISF personnel intervened and brought the situation under control.

State polls

In the 18th round, Periyakaruppan shot into a slender lead when Kannappan again raised some objections about EVMs.

However, he was persuaded by officials to allow resumption of counting.

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