Tirupur MNM candidate kills self after loss

A Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) candidate, who contested unsuccessfully from Tirupur district in the urban local body polls, on Friday committed suicide by hanging as he was depressed over his defeat.

Police said P Mani, 55, a load man and member of MNM managed to secure a meager 44 votes by contesting in ward 36 of Tirupur Corporation. A resident of Konganagiri area on Tirupur College Road, Mani campaigned extensively with a firm belief of winning the polls.

He had also borrowed Rs 50,000 from neighbours to meet his poll expenses. However, Mani was hugely disappointed over his poor performance as he lost deposit. DMK candidate P Dinakaran won polling 3,319 votes and AIADMK’s R Rajagopal secured 1,838 votes.