‘Dummy’ bags 39 votes, mom loses by just 32

‘Dummy’ bags 39 votes, mom loses by just 32

HYDERABAD: A TRS woman candidate lost the polls because of her son. BJP’s M L Reddy defeated M L Goud by just 32 votes in BN Reddy Nagar division, on Friday. While the defeat by a slender margin was not digestible for her, what shocked her more was the fact that 39 votes were bagged by an Independent candidate. These votes could well have gone in her favour as the Independent candidate was none other than her son Ranjith Goud.
As a political strategy, the mother and son both filed their nomination papers. This cost the mother dearly. “Had the party leadership made Ranjith withdraw in time, our candidate could have romped home,” a TRS functionary said. She is seeking recounting of votes. She has charged the returning officer with being partial to the BJP candidate.

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