Chidambaram losses then wins seat in India election 2009

May 16th, 2009 - 7:51 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Palaniappan Chidambaram After first loosing his seat by 3,555 votes, India’s Union Minister of Home Affairs, Palaniappan Chidambaram, was later told he had in fact won after a recount was conducted.

Chidambaram, one of the most prominent cabinet ministers of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, was at the center of a Bush-style shoe-throwing incident last month when a Sikh journalist, Jarnail Singh, a reporter with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, hurled a shoe at him during a press conference.

Chidambaram, who has held the seat for the Sivaganga constituency of Tamil Nadu covering the southern-most part of India, was initialy informed by election officials he had lost to Raja Kannappan from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party

Chidambaram immediately asked for a recount and a check found he had in fact retained the seat.

More than 428.4 million people, or about 60 percent of eligibale voters turned out re-elect the Congress party of India (INC)-lead coalition of Dr. Mammohan Singh for a second, successive five-year term.

In doing so Dr Singh becomes only the second prime minister in the country’s history to win back-to-back parliamentary elections. The first to do so was India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.

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