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MADRAS CENTRAL

Murasoli Maran's son has stepped into his father's shoes and is striking an emotional chord among the voters.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:38 IST

It had been a bastion of DMK leader Murasoli Maran for years and it continues to be so even after his death. Now, his son has stepped into his father's shoes and is striking an emotional chord among the voters to reap the political benefit. After all, DMK has maintained its winning edge here despite some setbacks.

However, AIADMK, which also has a big support here, is not sitting idle and is going all out to take full advantage of the absence of Murasoli's charisma here. The seat went to the DMK in the sixties, and came back to the Congress fold in 1989, courtesy Era Anbarasu, and its tie-up with the AIADMK. The seat reverted to the DMK in 1996 after 12 years.

In 1999, DMK leader Murasoli Maran retained the seat, defeating Abdul Latheef of AIADMK by 136949 votes in an 18-cornered contest. Murasoli had drubbed Jayakumar D of AIADMK by 71,727 votes in 1998. In 1996, Murasoli trounced GKJ Bharathi of Congress by 280467 votes.

The seat had gone to Congress in 1991 and 1989. Congress' Anbarasu Era defeated Somu NVN of DMK by 103271 votes in 1991 and trounched Kalanidhi A of DMK by 66,406 votes in 1989.

The constituency with more than 13,00,000 votes is divided into six assembly segments.

Maran entered the electoral arena in 1967, bagging a Lok Sabha seat, when party-founder CN Annadurai quit his parliamentary seat to become the first DMK chief minister. After winning the 1971 elections from the same constituency, he was a Rajya Sabha member from 1977 to 1995. He did not contest the 1980, 1984, 1989 and 1991 Lok Sabha polls but was always the star campaigner for DMK.

First Published: Mar 26, 2004 18:41 IST