DMK stops Narendra Modi wave in Tamil Nadu

DMK stops Narendra Modi wave in Tamil Nadu

DMK stops Narendra Modi wave in Tamil Nadu

While the country is awash with a Modi tsunamo, Tamil Nadu has bucked the trend. The Tamil electorate has given a massive mandate to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led alliance in the state.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tamil electorate has given a massive mandate to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led alliance in the state
  • In all the five seats that the BJP contested in Tamil Nadu, the candidates are trailing by over 20,000 votes.
  • Several star candidates of the DMK have performed well in the elections

While the country is awash with a Modi tsunamo, Tamil Nadu has bucked the trend. The Tamil electorate has given a massive mandate to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led alliance in the state. The alliance which included the Congress, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) and a host of smaller parties is leading in 36 out of the 38 seats.

The All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is putting a spirited fight in Theni and Chidambaram Loksabha seats. OP Raveendranath Kumar, son of Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam and P Chandrasekhar represent the AIADMK in Theni and Chidambaram respectively.

A strong anti-incumbency factor against the state and Centre coupled with the absence of a strong leader has resulted in the rout of AIADMK-BJP combine in the southern state. In most of the constituencies, the vote transfer of the allies has been unsuccessful. Barring the PMK, the other allies of the AIADMK have bought little to the table.

In all the five seats that the BJP contested in Tamil Nadu, the candidates are trailing by over 20,000 votes. In Kanyakumari, former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan is trailing by 40,000 votes to Congress candidate H Vasanthakumar.

Several star candidates of the DMK have performed well in the elections. DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi is leading in Tuticorin by over 1 lakh votes against her rival BJP’s Tamilisai Soundarrajan. Former Union ministers A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran have snatched a comfortable victory margins against their rivals.

While the DMK is upbeat over the results in the Lok Sabha polls, it has not performed well as it hoped too in the byelections to the 22 assembly seats. The byelections hold the key to the survival of the Edapadi Palaniswamy government which is on a wafer thin majority in the state.

In a tight fight, the AIADMK is leading in nine seats and the DMK in 13 seats. With the AIADMK gaining nine seats, there is no imminent threat to the government. The party had to win five seats to retain power.

The biggest upset in the election is the TTV Dhinakaran factor which failed to register an impact in the ballots. The rebel leader did not take away substantial votes of AIADMK as it was expected. In most of the Lok Sabha seats his party the AMMK failed to retain their deposits.

 

Source By :- India Today