Chennai, Nov 22: Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy was on Tuesday elected to the Puducherry assembly, winning the Nellithope seat by 11,144 seats.
Narayanasamy trounced his nearest AIADMK rival by 11,144 votes by securing 18,709 votes.
The by-election was held on Saturday following the resignation of Congress member John Kumar so that Narayanasamy could contest and continue as the Chief Minister.
Narayanasamy did not contest the assembly polls of May 2016. However, the Congress chose him as the Chief Minister after getting majority to form the government in the Union Territory.
The Congress which contested the election in alliance with DMK won 15 out of 30 constituencies and the latter clinched two of nine segments it contested. The Congress formed the government with the support of DMK. The AIADMK won four seats and the then ruling AINRC could make it to only in eight constituencies losing seven from its strength.
Under law, a minister who is a non-member of an assembly has to get elected to the house within six months after assuming office.