Congress Uma Thomas takes oath as UDF MLA
Congress Uma Thomas, who won the Thrikkakara assembly by poll recently by a historic margin of 25,016 votes, on Wednesday took oath as an MLA of UDF in the state assembly.
Uma Thomas, widow of late Congress MLA from Thrikkakara P T Thomas, took oath in the chamber of Speaker M B Rajesh as the Assembly is not in session presently.
The death of P T Thomas in December last year had necessitated the by-election for the vacant assembly seat in May.
The oath was taken in the presence of senior Congress leaders, including Leader of Opposition in the state assembly V D Satheesan, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala.
Uma Thomas massive victory in the by-election was a morale booster for the Congress-led UDF and a huge setback for the CPI(M)-led LDF.
With the win, she became the lone woman legislator of the Congress party in the state Assembly.
Uma won a total of 72,770 votes and managed to maintain a steady lead in all the 12 rounds of counting since the beginning, while her nearest rival and Left candidate Jo Joseph, got 47,754 votes and BJP candidate A N Radhakrishnan garnered 12,957 votes.
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