Udayan Namboodiri, a Delhi based scribe with strong hindutva links lost his first election to a women candidate from CPM. Rekha Goswami, a new face from CPM won by a huge margin of 30,238 votes in Dum Dum.
Namboodiri, is the senior editor of "The Daily Pioneer", a news paper with the largest saffron scribe concentration in the country. Like many of the saffron sympathizers, he contested under the banner of a non BJP party, TMC in Dum Dum constituency of West Bengal state.
Here, In 2001, the Trinamool candidate (the party was in alliance with the Congress then) had lost to the CPI(M) by only 234 votes while BJP alone recieved 8,700 votes.
In the 2004 Lok Sabha poll, Dum Dum was one of the only 30 assembly segments Trinamool "won" – leading by 2,700 votes.
Namboodiri, schooled at St Xavier's, followed by Presidency College in Calcutta. His father Thiroor Vanneri Purushothaman Namboodiri came to Calcutta from Malappuram District of Kerala in 1945. Purushothaman Namboodiri was an Indian Air force pilot, who married a bengali girl called Keya Devi and set up home in Dum Dum.