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Four Differently-abled Candidates Win With Huge Margins in Tamil Nadu Local Body Polls

Independent candidate Saranya Kumar from Coimbatore district, Mala from Pothuravuthanpatti village, S Palanisamy from Veeriyapalaiyam village and Nagarajan of Kallapalli village were the four differently-abled candidates to win the local body polls.

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Updated:January 3, 2020, 4:48 PM IST
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Four Differently-abled Candidates Win With Huge Margins in Tamil Nadu Local Body Polls
File photos of Mala and S Palaniswamy, who stood victorious in the local body polls in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: At least four differently-abled independent candidates from Tamil Nadu won the local body polls with huge margins, results of which were announced on Thursday.

Saranya Kumari, a 21-year-old independent candidate, won the post of ward member in Coimbatore district. A postgraduate student of Tamil literature, Kumari showed interest in social issues and would regularly participate in public grievance meetings. This led her to contest the civic polls held from December 27-30.

After securing a victory, Kumari's first area of focus will be to fix street lights and ensure basic drinking water facility in her ward.

Mala, a 39-year-old resident of Pothuravuthanpatti village, won the post of Union ward member after securing 219 votes while her opponent managed only 65.

“I was averse to politics but my family members encouraged me to contest the civic polls. With this victory, I will set an example for others in my village and help fellow differently-abled people to fight for their rights,” she said.

S Palanisamy from Veeriyapalaiyam village in Karur district won with 147 of the 233 votes against three other contenders.

“I thank my people for voting for me. I have been actively involved in social work and helped my village with better water and transport facilities and, hence, gained their trust. I will continue to work for my people and serve them,” he said.

Nagarajan of Kallapalli village won the post of Union ward member from Karur district.

(with inputs from Manoj A Marlon)

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