Madurai, Oct. 17: The DMK Ghouse Basha was won by 31, 085 votes to Madurai Central Constituency.

The DMK Gowz Batcha polled 50,994 votes, the Rajan Chellappa (AIADMK) 19,909 and M R Pannerselvam (DMDK)17,394 votes.

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of DMK minister 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.