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Vellore Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Highlights: DMK’s Kathir Anand wins by a slim margin of 8,141 votes; AIADMK has a dramatic revival

Vellore Lok Sabha election result LIVE updates: Counting has begun at the centre. Follow us as we bring you live updates on the election in the constituency, candidates, voter turnout and counting of votes.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 9, 2019 6:34:29 pm
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Vellore, Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Poll 2019 Counting Live Updates: DMK’s Kathir Anand cemented the party’s victory in Vellore today, after winning the election in the constituency by a margin of 8141 votes. Counting for the election had commenced at 8 am at Ranipet Engineering College in Vellore amid tight security. With the counting having come to an end, DMK clinched their win with a total of 485,340 votes, while AIADMK came a close second with 477,199 votes.

With this win, the number of MPs in the DMK-Congress alliance has risen to 38. The counting process in Vellore was a close competition, much like the election in the constituency itself, with the trends continuously juggling in favour of both the parties.  LIVE updates in Tamil

Both the AIADMK and DMK had campaigned heavily for the election in the constituency. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were seen campaigning for Shanmugam, while DMK chief M K Stalin and youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin had campaigned for Kathir Anand. Vellore is known for its sizeable minority population, which includes 21 per cent Muslims and 9 per cent Christians, besides 20 per cent Dalit votes.

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17:24 (IST)09 Aug 2019
People have rejected AIADMK's fake propaganda, says DMK leader Stalin

The Election Commission has declared DMK candidate Kathir Anand as the winner in the Vellore Lok Sabha election. DMK leader MK Stalin has thanked the voters and said people have rejected AIADMK's fake propaganda. "I thank the voters for helping DMK capture the Vellore fort. Once again you have proved that DMK's victory can only be delayed but cannot be stopped," Stalin said. With this win, the number of MPs in the DMK-Congress alliance has risen to 38.

16:23 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK cadre celebrate party's victory in Vellore

Celebrating DMK candidate Kathir Anand's victory in the Vellore Lok Sabha election, party cadre and supporters burst crackers and distributed sweets at the party headquarters in Chennai.

15:38 (IST)09 Aug 2019
People of Tamil Nadu believe MK Stalin : DMK senior leader Durai Murugan

Speaking to the reporters at Vellore after DMK's nail-biting victory, senior leader Durai Murugan, said "Minorities have always favored DMK. I thank everyone for this; no victory is just an ordinary one, this is similar to that. The victory proves that the people of Tamil Nadu believe in our leader MK Stalin."

15:27 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK cements win in Vellore

DMK cemented their victory in Vellore, with candidate Kathir Anand winning the closely contested election by a margin of 8000 votes.

15:24 (IST)09 Aug 2019
Counting ends, DMK's Kathir Anand leads by 8,141 votes

The counting for the Vellore election has been concluded. DMK candidate Kathir Anand has secured 4,85,340 votes while AIADMK's AC Shanmugam has secured 4,77,199 votes. Kathir Anand is leading by a margin of 8,141 votes.

Kathir Anand (DMK) : 4,85,340 votes
AC Shanmugam (AIADMK): 4,77,199 votes
Deepalakshmi (NT) :26,995 votes

14:56 (IST)09 Aug 2019
One of the biggest victories for DMK: Former DMK Minister K Ponmudy

Former DMK Minister K Ponmudy has said AIADMK has lost this election despite using its money power. "AIADMK has used its money power to influence voters in few constituencies but still they weren't able to defeat DMK. This is one of the biggest victories for DMK," he said. 

14:54 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK secures lead by a margin of 8000 votes

With counting underway for over six hours now, DMK continues to remain in the lead by a margin of 8286 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 479,011 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 470,725 votes

14:44 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK cadres carry out premature celebrations in Chennai

With Kathir Anand leading the results by a margin of 8000 votes, DMK cdres have already begun carrying out premature celebrations at the party's headquarters in Chennai. 

Meanwhile, officials have announced that 12,000 votes are yet to be counted before the process comes to an end. 

Cadres have begun celebrations at DMK headquarters in Chennai.
14:18 (IST)09 Aug 2019
Vellore poll enters its final stage, Kathir Anand leads with 8,000 votes

Vellore poll has entered its final stage. At the end of the 19th round, DMK's Kathir Anand is leading the battle with by a margin of 8,460 votes. Only 12,588 votes are left to be counted. According to reports, the counting has been concluded in constituencies like Vellore, Vaniyambadi, KV Kuppam, and Anaikattu. While Vellore, Vaniyambadi and KV Kuppam voters have favored DMK,  the ruling party has captured Anaikattu constituency. 

Kathir Anand (DMK) - 4,78,855
AC Shanmugam (AIADMK) - 4,70,395
Deepalakshmi (NT) - 26,502

14:08 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK leads by a margin of 9000 votes

DMK is still in the first position, leading by a margin of 9188 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 476,194 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 467,006 votes

14:06 (IST)09 Aug 2019
18,987 votes to go

Officials at the counting centres in Vellore have stated that another 18,987 votes are left to be counted before the results of the election can be given.

13:53 (IST)09 Aug 2019
AIADMK leads in Anaikattu constituency by a margin of 9000 votes

With 19 rounds of counting done at Anaikattu, AIADMK has taken the lead by a margin of 9538 votes. 

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 88,769 votes

DMK Kathir Anand: 79,231 votes

13:42 (IST)09 Aug 2019
At the end of 16th round, DMK's Kathir Anand is leading the contest

At the end of 16 rounds, DMK's Kathir Anand is leading the battle in the Vellore Lok Sabha election. He has pocketed 4,56,070 votes and AIADMK's AC Shanmugam managed to secure 4,45,629. Still, only a few more rounds of counting are left in the Vellore Lok Sabha elections.

Kathir Anand (DMK) - 4,56,070 votes
AC Shanmugam (AIADMK)- 4,45,629 votes
Deepalakshmi (NT) - 25,296 votes

13:37 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK retains lead by a margin of 10,000 votes

Even with AIADMK slowly catching up to DMK, the latter leads the counting by a margin of 10,277 votes. 

DMK Kathir Anand: 424,989 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 414,712 votes

13:26 (IST)09 Aug 2019
AIADMK still in 2nd position

According to the reports,  a total of eight lakh votes have been counted so far and approximately two lakh votes are still left in the Vellore Lok Sabha election. DMK's Kathir Anand leads by 9,324 votes.

Kathir Anand - 4,20,408
AC Shanmugam - 4,11,084
Deepalakshmi - 23,235

13:24 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK supporters carry out premature celebrations

With DMK leading by a margin of 9403 votes, supporters of the party in Vellore have begun carrying out premature celebrations.

13:15 (IST)09 Aug 2019
AIADMK trails by a margin of 10,000 votes

The neck to neck competition seems to be tipping in favour of DMK, with AIADMK trailing by a margin of 10,802 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 404,044 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 393,242 votes

NK Deepalakshmi: 22,003 votes

13:00 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK continues to remain in the lead by a margin of 12,000 votes

With AIADMK slowly catching up to DMK, the latter continues to remain in the lead by a margin of 12,925 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 388,280 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 375,355 votes

12:48 (IST)09 Aug 2019
Margin drops to 14,000 votes

With DMK in the lead, AIADMK seems to be catching up, with the margin of votes between the two having dropped to 14,874 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 363,863 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 348,989 votes

12:44 (IST)09 Aug 2019
DMK leads by a margin of 17,000 votes

Clinching the lead with a steady performance, DMK is leading the race by a margin of 17,198 votes.

DMK Kathir Anand: 352,156 votes

AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 334,958 votes

NT Deepalakshmi: 18,782 votes

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