The DMK's Ghouse Basha on Tuesday won the October 11 bypolls to the Madurai central constituency by an impressive margin of 30,354 votes over his nearest rival Rajan Chellappa of AIADMK.
Ghouse Basha polled 51240 votes, Rajan Chellappa 20,886 votes and MR Pannerselvam of DMDK 17,312 votes.
The bypoll was necessitated following the death of DMK minister PGR Palanivelrajan.
The DMK margin has increased as compared to the May 8 polls to the state assembly in which Palanivelrajan won by a margin of over 9,000 votes.
All three key players in the state politics, DMK, AIADMK and DMDK had taken the bypolls seriously, with their leaders M Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth campaigning extensively for more than two days in the constituency.