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Kanimozhi, D Raja, Maitreyan elected to RS from Tamil Nadu

DMK President M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi was on Thursday reelected to Rajya Sabha with Congress support from Tamil Nadu after a contest with actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK candidate.

Four AIADMK candidates, including the party leader in Rajya Sabha V Maitreyan and CPI’s D Raja, however, registered comfortable wins as expected in the elections for which voting was held for the first time in 17 years.

45-year-old Kanimozhi, an accused in the 2G scam, sailed through the contest for a second term with 31 votes after five Congress’ MLAs voted in her favour along with two votes each from two smaller parties – Puthiya Thamizhagam and Manithaneya Munnetrak Katchi. One vote of the DMK combine is understood to have been held invalid.
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