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Mr K Muraleedharan, son of former chief minister K Karunakaran, who had split from the Congress last year to form the Democratic Indira Congress (K) and made an electoral tie-up with the UDF later, was another prominent person defeated in the election. The defeat at the hands of LDF independent P T A Rahim by a margin of 7,506 votes in Koduvally was considered humiliating as the seat was considered to be a UDF bastion.

The other prominent persons who lost the elections in the UDF camp are Fisheries Minister Dominic Presentation, PWD Minister M K Muneer, Forest Minister A Sujanapal, Labour Minister Babu Divakaran and UDF Convener P P Thankachan.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Revenue Minister K M Mani and Tourism Minister K C Venugopal were the prominent leaders from the UDF camp who could make it to the Assembly.

In the LDF camp, most of the senior leaders except a few lost the elections. CITU leader M M Lawrence and RSP state secretary T J Chandrachoodan were the leading candidates who lost the elections.

Opposition Leader in the State Assembly V S Achuthanandan, who is tipped to be the next chief minister, was elected from Malampuzha by a margin of 20,017 votes over his Congress rival Satheesan Pacheni.

LDF Convener Paloli Mohammed Kutty, whose name is also doing the rounds for the Chief Minister's post, won from Ponnani defeating prominent DIC(K) leader and sitting MLA M P Ganghadharan by a margin of 28,347 votes.

CPI(M) Central Committee Members Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, M A Baby, P K Sreemathy, State secretariat member Thomas Issac, Former Speaker M Vijayakumar, CPI State Executive Member Benoy Viswom, were the leading winners from the LDF camp.

Former Minister A Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who contested as an independent from Kovalam, his traditional seat, lost the election to Congress nominee George Mercier by a margin of 10,825 votes.

Dr Nadar contested the election as independent as his party, Janata Dal (S), refused him seat on the ground that he was convicted in a sexual harassment case.


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