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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Amma out, Karuna in, Left celebrates in red citadels, Sonia gets landslide win

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 11 May, ( Results are out. Suspense is over. And the Tami Nadu voters have rejected Amma Jayalaithaa and overwhelmingly opted for septuagenarian Muthavel Karunanidhi for whom 2006 was in all probability his last electoral battle. He may settle for a coalition with his DPA allies; Congress, his ally, has put up remarkable performance in years.

In neighboring Pondicheery, however, Congress retained its hold but lost in Kerala which voted for the Marxist led Left Democratic Front (LDF). The Congress is publicly ruing for tying up Karunakaran, the 'Congress deserter' who floated his own regional outfit. The open confession has come from Karunakaran's betenoire A K Antony.

West Bengal has proved pollsters of all hues right and returned the Marxist Communists with an absolute majority though the Communist elder brother has made it clear that the government would be of Left Front as usual. Buddha, as outgoing chief minister Buddha Deb Bhattacharjee, the Communist willing to take on the capitalist platform and offer malls to the Kolkata, will be the new chief minister as well to the dismay of Trinamool Congress party of Mamata Banerjee, who had spurned the Congress offers of an alliance to put up a combined fight against the Communists.

Assam also has proved the pre-poll surveys and exit poll results to be right. Congress has emerged as the single largest party and may have to tie up with a local outfit dominated by Muslims to stage a comeback to the secretariat.

Rae Bareli which held a by-election threw up no surprise. It has given a landslide victory to Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief, who sought a re-election after she came under criticism for heading an advisory council to the government with cabinet rank.

A quick analysis of Tamil Nadu result shows that the DMK led alliance did not make a clean sweep as it appears at the outset. The Vanniyar belt in North Central region DMK emerged victorious because the Vijayakant factor had hurt the Amma Jayalalithaa. The Vaiko country deserted the MDMK leader and turned to the DMK.

The Cauvery delta did not vote for Jayalalithaa as hoped banking on her post-Tsunami relief effort. DMK held on to its hold in Coimbatore and also in Upper North Tamil Nadu which is primarily Chennai and its adjoining areas.

A closer look at the counting trends shows that Jayalalithaa did no fare that badly though her seat tally is low. Since the new government is likely to be a coalition, the AIADMK can make its presence felt both in the Assembly and the state politics.

-Asian Tribune -

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