Kochi: Her candidature itself was viewed with suspicion by many within the Congress initially but Ramya Haridas, handpicked by Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 parliamentary polls, connected well with the voters of "Left fort" Alathur so much so that she achieved a huge victory margin in all seven assembly segments.
The 'reserved' constituency, carved out post delimitation in 2008, consists of Tarur, Chittur, Nenmara, and Alathur assembly segments of Palakkad district and Chelakkara, Kunnamkulam and Wadakkanchery assembly seats of Thrissur district.
Except for Wadakkanchery, all other segments were represented by MLAs from the Left. CPM candidate P. .K Biju had an easy outing in the last two parliamentary polls in 2009 and 2014. However, the equations have changed drastically.
While Ramya bagged a stunning majority of 30, 221 votes in Nenmara, what shocked election observers the most was the victory margin of nearly 25, 000 in Tarur assembly segment from where LDF leader and minister A K Balan won handsomely in 2016 assembly elections.
The 32-year-old also bagged a majority of 23, 695 votes in Chittur, 23695 votes in Chelakkara, 22713 votes in Alathur, 19540 votes in Wadakkancharry and 14322 votes in Kunnamangalam.
While Ramya could muster 5,33,815 votes in total, P K Biju got only 3, 74, 847. TV Babu of BDJS came a distant third with 89, 837 votes while there were 7722 NOTA votes....