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Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam Fails to Make it to Lok Sabha

The Minister of State for Tourism was defeated by Congress-led UDF candidate Hibi Eden, who is also a sitting MLA, in Ernakulam constituency.

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Updated:May 23, 2019, 9:17 PM IST
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Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam Fails to Make it to Lok Sabha
File photo of Union Minister KJ Alphons.

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Thursday failed in his maiden bid to enter the lower house of Parliament from Kerala, even as the BJP-led NDA made asweep in the Lok Sabha elections.

The Minister of State for Tourism was defeated by Congress-led UDF candidate Hibi Eden, who is also a sitting MLA, in Ernakulam constituency.

Eden won by a margin of over 1.6 lakh votes against his nearest rival P Rajeev of CPI(M).

A bureaucrat-turned-politician, Kannanthanam could finish only in the third position with around 1.37 lakh votes, way behind Eden and Rajeev who garnered over 4.91 lakh and 3.22 lakh votes respectively.

Kannanthanam is a member of the Rajya Sabha. A 1979 batch IAS officer, he had quit his high-profilecareer and plunged into electoral politics by successfully contesting from Kanjirappally in Kottayam district as a left independent candidate.

Though he was offered a second chance by the Left in the next assembly polls, Kannanthanam, in a surprise move, turned down the offer, saying he wanted to shift his activities to the national politics.

Later, Kannanthanam had joined the saffron party and went on to become a member of the national executive.

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