i am not endorsing these guys, just thought this info was interesting.
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From: arun s m
Date: May 11, 2006 10:31 PM
Subject: so, how did the IITians do ?
Chennai, May 11:
Formed just months before the elections, the Lok Paritran, floated by the ex-students of IIT, has indeed made an impact among voters in Chennai.
The party which contested in seven constituencies managed to come a close third in Mylapore and Anna Nagar taking good share of votes.
Santhanagopalan Vasudevan, Lok Paritran's Mylapore candidate , has secured the third place, even displacing the higher profile Chandralekha of the Janata Party.
Santhanagopalan managed to secure over 7,000 votes while the difference between the winner S Ve Shekher (AIADMK) and the runner-up Nepolean (DMK) was just over 2,000 votes.
Similarly, at Anna Nagar, Lok Paritran's Rajamany got a slice of the pie. In T Nagar too, the story was little different. In the remaining constituencies where they stood, Lok Paritran's candidates have put up a good show though they failed to bag the deposit.
Talking to News Today, Santhanagopalan Vasudevan, says, 'I am really happy at the results. In a short span of time, our party has managed to convince so many. The results clearly shows that people aspire for transparency in administration'.
Interestingly Lok Paritran has pushed back parties like BJP, DMDK behind at Mylapore.
Going further, he said, 'it is just the beginning and we have reached the people and convinced them of our abilities in a short spa of time. A prefect learning experience, I am hopeful of putting up a good show in the coming days.'