TN Rural Surveys: AIADMK says it is in bounce mode, DMK prides itself as a topper
CHENNAI: A war of words has erupted between the DMK and the result of the recent elections of rural local organizations when the ruling party criticized the latter for claiming a 'huge' victory and claimed that he regained the lost ground compared to his defeat in 2019.
Alleging irregularities and repressive measures by the ruling dispensation in the conduct of surveys and negligence by the State Election Commission, the head of DMK said that despite such factors the rural population of Tamil Nadu gave the DMK and its allies a massive victory
Writing to the cadres of the 'Murasoli' party organ, following the style of his late father and patriarch of the M Karunanidhi party, Stalin said the town's verdict was the prelude to the introduction of a good regime tomorrow.
Apparently, the president of the DMK was referring to the state assembly elections that will be held next May and his confidence in seizing the power of AIADMK.
Addressing cadres in Chennai at a party event on Sunday, the leader of the Dravidian party said that while his party won 2100 neighborhood member seats, the AIADMK could only handle 1781.
The difference was 319 seats. Is this a victory the same? The DMK accumulated 243 district panchayat seats and AIADMK obtained 214 and the gap is 29 seats. What is more? He asked.
Stalin faced a section of the media for considering that the results of the survey are an equal victory for the Dravidian majors and exuded confidence that his party was going to win a great victory next year in the assembly elections.
However, the AIADMK scoffed at the arch-rival saying he had suffered a major setback after winning 38 of Lok Sabha's 39 total seats.
On the contrary, the AIADMK newspaper 'Namadu Puratchithalaivi Amma' said that the ruling party has witnessed an electoral upturn after facing the debacle in parliamentary polls.
Trying to support his claim, the AIADMK said that the DMK, which boasted of winning up to 37 seats of Lok Sabha in May, could succeed in the parliamentary constituency of Vellore only by a small margin of less than 9,000 votes in August.
The surveys were conducted at 38 LS seats in May and the election for the Vellore seat was deferred. Last May, while the DMK front had won 37, only the Theni segment landed on the AIADMK kitten.
In August 2019, the Vellore LS seat election was carried out and was won by the DMK.
The spokesman for the ruling party said that two months after the Vellore survey, the AIADMK went on to obtain the constituency of the Vikravandi assembly of the DMK and the Nanguneri seat of its allied Congress (October 2019).
Now, the results of surveys of rural civic organizations in 27 districts held on December 27 and 30 show that the DMK has suffered a major setback.
Apparently, the main opposition has lost the degree of support it enjoyed in Lok Sabha's polls, AIADMK said.
In addition, the AIADMK hit DMK president Stalin daily, saying he could not tolerate the rise of the ruling party after his setback in the LS polls.
Immediately after the results of the civic survey, the ruling party had said it was regaining people's love and support after being defeated in the Lok Sabha polls.
According to the updated results made available by the TN State Elections Commission for rural civic elections, of the total 515 seats of district panchayat district members, AIADMK and DMK have won 214 and 243 respectively.
AIADMK, BJP and DMDK allies have won seven and three district seats. PMK, also an ally of the ruling party, won 16 seats.
The DMK Allies Congress won 15, CPI seven and CPI (M) two and others won six district seats.
Together with their allies, the AIADMK and DMK figure in the districts was 240 and 267 respectively.
As regards the seats of members of the Council of the Union, the results of 5087 of them are known from the total of 5090 seats.
AIADMK won 1,781 seats, its partners PMK 224, BJP 85, DMDK 99. DMK pocketed 2100 segments, its allies Congress, 132, CPI won 62, CPI (M) 33 and others won 571 seats.
The results for two segments in districts and three seats in unions have been retained.
The elections for rural local organizations were held on December 27 and 30, 2019 in 27 districts of Tamil Nadu.
Surveys are expected from local agencies in rural areas of the districts of Kancheepuram, Chengelpet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipettai, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi along with urban local elections later.