TN civic polls: Students, transwoman among winners; Stalin cries foul

A transwoman, students and elderly women were among the successful candidates who fought the 27 and 30 December polls to rural civic bodies in Tamil Nadu.

Counting of ballots for thousands of civic posts in 27 districts began on Thursday morning and it continued to be on and results had started trickling in from a number of regions.

For the first time in the history of the local body polls in Tamil Nadu, a transwoman representing the opposition DMK party won the Union councillor post. 30-year-old Riya won in the Nammakal district’s Tiruchengode town with a margin of 950 votes. A member of the DMK since 2017, Riya attributed her victory to party chief MK Stalin.

“I dedicate the victory to Thalapathy Stalin. I will seek the blessings of Kalaignar (late stalwart of the party M Karunanidhi) at Anna Samadhi and seek thalapathy’s blessings before taking up my new role. The victory is not just mine but for the entire backward community of transgenders. I thank the people of Tiruchengode panchayat ward and my ward-in-charge,” she told News 18.

Meanwhile, Stalin slammed the ruling AIADMK today, alleging that the ruling party was “conspiring” to stop his party’s victory in local body elections in Tamil Nadu. Mr Stalin, Leader of the Opposition in the state, pointed to Salem where he said results have not been announced even after counting is over.

Results have only been announced in seats AIADMK won, he alleged. “In other places DMK officials were sent away and counting was done only with their (AIADMK) people,” he said, adding that in another counting centre 3 ballot boxes were missing.

Tamil Nadu state election commissioner R Palaniswamy on Thursday denied the opposition’s allegation that the panel was acting in a biased manner. “There is no truth in it. The commission acts just and impartial,” Palaniswamy told reporters.