Why Karunanidhi-led DMK lost Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2016

Why Karunanidhi-led DMK lost Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2016

Why Karunanidhi-led DMK lost Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2016

In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK proved most exit polls wrong as it appeared on course to retaining power.

A party cadre prostrates himself at the feet of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader Jayalalithaa Jayaram as she gestures at her residence in Chennai on May 19, 2016.

More than the DMK-Congress defeat was the washout of a six-party alliance led by actor-turned-politician and chief ministerial hopeful A. Vijaykanth who himself finished third in his constituency Ulundurpettai.

AIADMK has won over 130 constituencies which includes seats won by allies - Karunas (Mukkulathor Pulipadai in Thruvadanai), U Thaniarasu (TN Kongu Ilangyar Peravai in Kangeyam), and Thammemun Ansari (Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi in Nagapattinam).

Contesting under the "two leaves" symbol of AIADMK, Sarathkumar secured only 62,356 votes against Radhakrishnan who claimed victory with 88,357 votes. If it does not have the required 33 votes, the party would have to depend on the DMK to win one of the seats. While the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK-Congress duo went full board in campaign strategies, spending huge resources on the polls and voters by way of bribes for votes, notwithstanding the top geared efforts to deny chances of inland money laundering and bribing the voters. No party or front has won two consecutive terms in Tamil Nadu over the last four decades.

AIADMK in a lead in Perambalur constituency by 1207 votes after round one counting.

Over 7.2 lakh voters or 81.94 per cent of Puducherry electorate have cast their ballots in polling on Monday to elect the union territory's 30-member assembly, the Election Commission (EC) said.

"We will win the election again and retain power", AIADMK spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi told IANS. The party's re-election makes it the first time in 32 years - since the massively popular former chief minister and actor M.G. Ramachandran (M.G.R.) - that an incumbent party has been voted back.

On the other hand Raj Television Network Ltd, a rival television network based in Tamil Nadu that is unconnected with the leading parties, saw its stock up 17 per cent to Rs 71.80 at 9.20 on the BSE.

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