THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Continuing his winning streak for the third time, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday won the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat by defeating Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Kummanam Rajasekharan by a margin of 1 lakh votes.
Tharoor polled 4,161,31 votes while Rajasekharan has secured 3,161,42 votes
The prestigious Thiruvananthapuram constituency saw a fierce triangular contest. Tharoor was pitted against BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan and C Dinakaran of CPI(M).
He first won the Thiruvananthapuram seat in 2009 by a margin of 99,998 votes.
However, in 2014, his victory margin reduced to 15,470 votes and the BJP’s O Rajagopal came in second.
“Since 1997, we never had such a good result in Kerala. We are winning 19 and we may as well all 20 seats. The state has become an exemplar for what the politics of the Congress nationally could be. I just hope we will be able to build from the very disappointing result nationally because ours is the right message for future growth and prosperity in India”, News agency ANI reported Tharoor as saying.
On Thursday, the Congress-led UDF coalition has registered a remarkable victory with wins in 19 out of the 20 parliamentary constituencies.
In 2014, the UDF won 12 seats and Left Democratic Front won eight seats.
However, Tharoor said he feels like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost.
"I feel like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost! It's a bittersweet emotion I will take some time to reflect on," Tharoor tweeted.
Tharoor's remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards what looks set to be a resounding victory for a second term in office.
The Lok Sabha polls commence on April 11 and completed on May 19.
Voting for the 542 Lok Sabha seats were held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
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