THIRUVANANTHAPURAM |V. K. Prasanth elected youngest mayor

Left Democratic Front nominee and first-time CPI(M) councillor V. K. Prasanth was on Wednesday elected by the Corporation Council as the 44th City Mayor.

The CPM district committee that met here on Friday also decided to field V K Madhu as the candidate for district panchayat president post.

Prasanth (34) is a member of CPM Kazhakootttam area committee and DYFI district secretariat. He wrested the seat from UDF with a thumping win over BJP’s APS Nair with a margin of 3,272 votes, the highest majority secured by a candidate in the corporation.

Prasanth garnered 42 votes to take the lead, whereas Girikumar secured 35 and Johnson Joseph received 20. One vote for LDF by Poonkulam councillor C Sathyan became invalid since he did not put his name and signature on the ballot paper.

V R Sini of UDF was not allowed to vote since she came in late. Rakhi Ravikumar of CPI got 43 votes to win the title. BJP had Ramya Ramesh S R and UDF Sajeena for the post. The independent candidate from Sreekariyam Lathakumari abstained from voting.

Another highlight is that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are both from the legal profession. Both are practising advocates. A debutante in the council, Prasanth got elected from Kazhakkoottam ward and Vazhuthacaud proved lucky ground for Rakhi, earning a ticket for the second time.

After the swearing-in ceremony, leaders of all political parties who got seats in the council spoke. Johnson Joseph spoke for UDF, M R Gopan for BJP, S Pushpalatha for CPM, Solomon Vettucaud for CPI, Beemapally Rasheed for Muslim League, Palayam Rajan for Congress (S), Satheesh for Kerala Congress and V R Sini for CMP.

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