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Oh captain, my captain: Vijayakanth’s DMDK to lose regional party status

In a further blow to the chief ministerial aspirations of Vijayakanth, his party DMDK, will no longer be recognised as a regional political outfit after its dismal performance in the assembly elections

Tamil Nadu 2016 Updated: May 21, 2016 14:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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DMDK leader Vijayakanth (centre) during a campiagn rally in Mamandur near Chengalpattu.(PTI Photo)

Vijayakanth’s DMDK will lose its status as a regional party after getting just 3% votes in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections in what is being seen as the final nail in the coffin for the actor-turned-politician chief ministerial ambitions.

Election Commission rules stipulates that regional parties have to secure at least 6% of the total votes to be officially recognized, officials said on Saturday.

The dominance of the two Dravidian majors during the elections means that, officially, Tamil Nadu now only has two state parties -- the ruling AIADMK and the DMK.

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa bucked a 30-year-long trend in the state to retain power, winning 134 seats with her allies while the DMK and its partners took the remaining 98.

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The much-vaunted third front led by Vijayakanth, which comprised a six-party alliance between the DMDK, the PWF and the TMC, failed to make a dent in the elections, only securing 6.1% of the vote share.

In 2011, the DMDK managed to get 7.8% when it contested in alliance with Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.

It’s a sorry end for a party which had initially surpassed all expectations by becoming the official opposition five years ago.

As for 63-year-old Vijayakanth, the mercurial DMDK chief known as ‘Captain’, took to Twitter to thank his supporters and assured them that “fate will be re-written”.

He also shared images of his next film, Tamizhan Endru Sol (Say you are a Tamilian), expected to be released later this year.

But for the man who himself lost from Ulundurpet another political blockbuster seems a distant dream.

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First Published: May 21, 2016 14:31 IST