DMK before governing ADMK in surveys of rural organizations

CHENNAI: The elections of rural local organizations in, held after an eight-year gap, the first after the disappearance of M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa , turned out to be in favor of DMK since the party registered great victories throughout the state. The results, declared until Thursday night, indicated a setback for the AIADMK government.

While DMK maintained a clear advantage in the morning, AIADMK caught up and made progress in several places later. Towards the end of the day, when the count was still incomplete in many places, DMK managed to retain a larger number of district councilors 'posts, as well as panchayat union councilors' posts. It was a closed contest and AIADMK was not far behind. The results are likely to be declared officially on Friday.

The day was marked by complaints from opposition parties, as well as government personnel deployed for the voting service. In a counting center in, DMK cadres complained that CCTV cameras did not work. In Karur, they opposed the alleged presence of AIADMK men in the counting centers. Meanwhile, government personnel complained about the delay in providing them with food. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami got into a meeting with party officials as the results showed that DMK was ahead. The president of DMK, M. K Stalin, on the other hand, upped the ante and complained to the SEC, claiming that the ruling party was planning to curb DMK's victory with the help of officials.

The celebrations exploded when the results began to arrive, spreading the joy in the DMK camp. Survey observers did not rule out a change in the trend for Friday. However, giving up so many positions to the opposition party is seen as a blow to AIADMK. It is a definite setback for AIADMK, which is known for its rural voting bank, said political analyst Tharasu Shyam.