Swing of 4.13 pc votes helped DMK
The vote swing resulted in a difference of 13.5 lakh votes between the DMK and AIADMK-led fronts.Updated: May 18, 2006 08:59 IST
A swing of just 4.13 per cent votes in its favour help the DMK-led alliance capture power in Tamil Nadu which will see a minority government for the first time.
The vote swing resulted in a difference of 13.5 lakh votes between the DMK and AIADMK-led fronts. The DMK fell short of the majority by 22 seats and its government would be supported by its allies, Congress, PMK and Left parties from outside.
The DPA secured 163 seats out of the 234 seats, polling 1,46,75,702 votes against AIADMK's front's 1,33,16,832.
The AIADMK front, consisting of MDMK, Dalit Panthers of India besides AIADMK, bagged 69 votes, mostly from Chennai, Madurai, Theni and Coimbatore districts.
The fledgling Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam, floated by Actor Vijayakant, put up an impressive performance, garnering 8.34 per cent of the popular vote and polling over 27 lakh votes.
The party seems to have cut into the votes of both the DMK and the AIADMK.
The votes polled by it were more than the victory margin of the winning candidates of the rival fronts.
The DMDK's performance will help it have a better bargaining power with other political parties in future elections.
The DMK, which contested 130 seats, won 96 seats. It polled a little over 87 lakh votes, cornering 26.56 per cent vote share while AIADMK, which fought 184 seats, bagged 61 seats, getting 1.06 crore votes with a vote share of 32.50 per cent.
First Published: May 13, 2006 17:12 IST