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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

TN poll results belied predictions; DMK-Congress combine cadres on cloud nine

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Chennai, 17 May, (Asiantribune.com): With the DMK-led UPA alliance in Tamilnadu-Puducherry establishing a resounding victory, there was a festive mood at party headquarters in Chennai and throughout the state.

The DMK-Congress combine romped home 28 seats (DMK 18 and Congress 9 that includes Puducherry’s one and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Party 1). The AIADMK led alliance won on 12 places (AIADMK 9, CPIM one, CPI one and MDMK one).

The DMK and Congress cadres burst crackers, distributed sweets. The DMK party workers, both men and women, danced to music and expressed their happiness near Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s house at Gopalapuram and at Anna Arivalayam. The office of AIDMK wore a deserted look.

DMK bagged 18 of the 21 seats it had contested. The victory came after both the national and local media had written off the DMK and Congress citing the public outrage against the combine for its failure to bringing about a ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

The poll results belied poll predictions. It was projected AIADMK would win major seats, and the mood was upbeat in their circles until today. AIADMK party supremo Jayalalithaa had even drafted her plans to fly to Delhi on Monday to meet the Central leaders. Instead it will be Karunanidhi who will be going to New Delhi on Monday to meet Sonia Gandhi.

As soon as the results were trickling in and leads established, Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called him to congratulate. Karunanidhi in turn congratulated both on the thumping success the UPA has garnered.

Local Administration Minister and Kalainger’s son M.K.Stalin said the victory was on the expected lines. “People cannot be hoodwinked by false campaign of the opposition.”

Former Minister Dayanidhi Maran said the election results were reward for the good works of State and central government. He thanked the people of Tamil Nadu for being decisive. “People have given a clear verdict.”

Populist schemes like color TV sets, 1 kg rice for Re 1 and loan waiver for farmers seemed to have worked wonders for ruling DMK which put up an impressive show in Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu defeating an alliance led by its rival the AIADMK which had made Tamil Eelam an election issue.

Political analysts feel the color TV sets which were distributed to below poverty line (BPL) households across the state and rice for a cheaper price made an impact among the people which made them to vote for the alliance.

Analysts also say the pro-Eelam stand taken by the AIADMK on the eve of elections backfired. They also say even what they have got is a negative vote, for the Congress has not shown sympathy to the Lankan Tamils plight and that is why many Congress bigwigs failed. Karunanidhi did last minute stint that filled the bill.

Among the notables who won were Dayanidhi Maran, on whom corruption charges was slamped by Jayalalithaa on the last day of campaign, Minister T.R.Baalu, Home Minister P.Chidambaram, former TN Congress president Krishnaswamy, Minister V.Narayanaswamy, south secretary of DMK and CM’s son M.K.Azhagiri, actor Napolean, former Minister Semmalai, VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan

Among the notabales who lost were, Ministers Mani Shankar Iyer, E.V.K.S.Elangovan, TN Congress president K.V.Thangkabalu, D.Pandian, BJP’s L.Ganesan, MDMK’s Vaigo, VCK’s Justice Samidurai.

Though UPA could not repeat its 2004 spectacular performance this time, the DMK won from 18 of the 21 seats it contested and the Congress won 9 of 16 seats it contested while many Congress veterans lost their seats.

Last time, it was 40 out of 40 from Tamil Nadu the UPA had won that helped the UPA form the government at the Centre with the DMK playing a major role in the coalition.

In the meantime, Dr. Ramadas' Patali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Captain Vijayakanth's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), both did not register a single victory. The later was only making a debut in the Lok Sabha elections whereas the former is an established party which won five seats in the last 2004 general elections in the UPA alliance and had ministerial berths for three. Dr. Ramadas committed 'harakiri" (suicide) by jumping camps. He contested in the alliance of Third Front and hoped to hit big. He is shrewed in his calculations always. But people are much smarter.

- Asian Tribune -

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