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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

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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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Highlights

    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

    12:35 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Trends continue to juggle between AIADMK and DMK

    Commenting on the fluctuating trends in the counting of votes at Vellore, a senior DMK leader, hoping that there will be a change in the trend and DMK’s performance would improve before noon, said that the party would have fared better if TTV Dhinakaran was contesting. “There were no factors to split AIADMK votes when they used maximum state machinery to win this election with power,” the leader said. “These are initial trends, this will change soon.”

    READ | Vellore Lok Sabha Election Results 2019

    12:27 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    DMK continues with a strong lead; Leads by a margin of 14,000 votes

    DMK continues to remain in the lead with a margin of 14,921 votes. 

    DMK Kathir Anand: 328,615 votes

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 313,694 votes

    12:16 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    DMK takes the lead by a margin of 12,000 votes

    DMK continues to stay in the lead with a margin of 12,158 votes.

    DMK Kathir Anand: 29,7837 votes

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 290,064 votes

    12:02 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Scales tip in favour of DMK; Kathir Anand leads by 7,985 votes

    DMK's Kathir Anand has taken the lead over rival candidate AC Shanmugam.  DMK, which was lagging behind for the past few hours is now leading the Vellore Lok Sabha polls with 7,985 votes.

    Kathir Anand (DMK): 2,77,355 votes
    AC Shanmugam (AIADMK): 2,69,370 votes
    Deepalakshmi(NT): 14,143 votes

    11:56 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Minority population call the shots in Vellore

    Vellore is known for its sizeable minority population, which includes 21 percent Muslims and 9 percent Christians, besides 20 percent Dalit votes. And only Vaniyambadi, one of the two minority strongholds in Vellore, boosted DMK’s lead, while AIADMK was leading in all other constituencies including Ambur, another bastion of minorities where DMK expected a clear lead.

    11:48 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Neck to Neck battle in Vellore; AIADMK lead slips to 3,896 votes

    AC Shanmugam's lead over Kathir Anand has been marginally reduced. Shanmugam was 15,000 votes ahead of rival candidate Kathir Anand at the end of round 5 but the difference is now reduced to 3,896 votes.

    11:30 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK's lead reduces to 8,870 votes

    As per the information last received through the EC website, AIADMK's candidate AC Shanmugam's lead over DMK's Kathir Anand reduces to 8,870 votes.

    A C Shanmugam (AIADMK) - 2,16,037 votes
    Kathir Anand (DMK)  - 2,07,167 votes
    Deepalakshmi (NT) - 10,895 votes

    11:12 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    What is different in Vellore this time?

    1. TTV Dhinakaran did not contest - helping AIADMK to consolidate votes
    2. BJP did not actively participate in the AIADMK campaign - thereby giving an AIADMK an independent tone.
    3. AC Shanmugham is a strong candidate - Educationist, philanthropist, and is from a well-connected caste backing.
    4. Modi effect - Modi's massive victory in 2019 polls might also be giving a push to AIADMK votes.

    10:59 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK leads with a margin of 15,987 votes

    AIADMK continues to lead the battle with a margin of 15,987 votes.

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 1,67,517 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 1,51,530 votes

    NAAM THAMIZHAR Deepalakshmi: 8,310 votes

    10:51 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Vellore Lok Sabha elections: Why was it delayed?

    The Lok Sabha elections to one constituency, Vellore, was held on August 5. It was initially scheduled to go to polls along with the rest of Tamil Nadu on April 18 but was cancelled after the Election Commission allegedly seized cash from the house of Kathir Anand, the son of DMK veteran leader Duraimurugan. The EC had suspected the money was being used to influence voters. Duraimurugan, at the time, had told The Indian Express: "It is murder of democracy, nothing else."

    10:44 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Vellore to decide the fate of AIADMK government

    Vellore district was the only constituency in the country that didn’t vote as the others went through a long-drawn seven-phase election in April 2019. Tamil Nadu’s 38 seats minus Vellore voted on April 19. What derailed the Vellore polls was the seizure of illegal currency from the house of DMK stalwart Duraimurugan.

    Based on Income Tax and police reports, the state Election Commission alleged that Duraimurugan’s son Kathir Anand, the DMK’s Vellore candidate, had kept the money to distribute among voters. In a major embarrassment to the DMK, which had an upper hand in campaigns across the state, a report was sent to the Election Commission of India, leading to the cancellation of polls.

    READ | Constituency no 543: Vellore — Only constituency in country that didn’t vote

    10:39 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK leads with a margin of 15,000 votes

    AIADMK continues to lead the race, with a margin of 15,697 votes.

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 141,423 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 125,726 votes

    10:36 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Neck to neck competition in Vellore

    With a neck to neck competition afoot in Vellore, the outcome of the result is crucial for the ruling AIADMK which strained every nerve in the campaign to the polls to retrieve political ground it lost to the DMK in Lok Sabha polls held in April, reports PTI. AIADMK's A C Shanmugam (chief of Puthiya Neethi Katchi, an ally of the ruling party) and DMK's D M Kathir Anand are the key contenders of the total 28 candidates in the fray.

    The results are expected to be out by afternoon and will decide if the AIADMK retains the seat or arch rival DMK wrests it.

    10:29 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK secures lead with margin of 13,000 votes

    AIADMK is in the lead, with a margin of 13,582 votes. 

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 122,883 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 109,301 votes

    10:18 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK leads with a margin of 11,000 votes

    Even as the DMK is slowly catching up with AIADMK, the ruling party continues to lead with a margin of 11,890 votes.

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 105,301 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 93,411 votes

    10:08 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK continues to lead with a margin of 9000 votes

    The see-saw battle in Vellore has tipped in favour of the AIADMK, who is leading with a margin of 9153 votes.

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 90,608 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 81,455 votes

    10:01 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    AIADMK now leads with 3000 votes; Neck and neck race

    DMK's Kathir Anand  was leading some time ago with around 60 votes and now the AIADMK has caught up with the DMK and is now leading with a margin of 60 votes.

    10:00 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    Scales tip in favour of AIADMK; AIADMK lead with a margin of over 3500 votes

    AIADMK leads with a margin of 3594 votes.

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 67,361 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 63,767 votes

    09:54 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    DMK closes lead; leads with 60 odd votes

    AIADMK was leading some time ago with around 7,000 votes and now the DMK has caught up with the AIADMK and is now leading with a wafer thin margin of 60 votes.

    aiadmk: 56,600 votes

    dmk: 56, 700 votes

    09:52 (IST)09 Aug 2019
    DMK leads with a margin of 64 votes

    DMK Kathir Anand: 56,722 votes

    AIADMK A C Shanmugam: 56,658 votes

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    READ | TN CM drops IT Minister Manikandan from cabinet for criticising colleague

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