The DMK's rising sun gets a chance to shine in Tamil Nadu after a decade of waiting — MK Stalin will be the next Chief Minister
Supporters of the incumbent government led by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had hoped that the current Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami would beat the odds stacked against him the way he has in the last few years since the demise of his predecessor J Jayalalithaa.
However, DMK has emerged a winner with enough seats to govern on its own. "Congratulations to Shri MK Stalin for the victory. People of Tamil Nadu have voted for change and we will, under your leadership, prove to be a confident step in that direction. Best wishes," Congress leader, DMK's alliance partner, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
|Party||Seats in 2016||2021: Leading in seats|
|AIADMK and allies||133||89|
|DMK and allies||99||141|
The anti-incumbency that comes with ten years of continuous rule by his party is a lot to beat for Palaniswami, popularly known as EPS. When he took over the Chief Minister’s chair in February 2017, many of his detractors were sure that he wouldn’t be able to complete the term. However, he has only grown stronger as a leader over the years and yet, his chances for re-election were slim to begin with.
|Party||2016 vote share||2019 vote share||2021 vote share|
In their absence, new entrants like Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) as well as other smaller parties including TTV Dhinakaran from Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) a the Naam Tamilar Katchi, led by director-turned-politician Seeman, expect this to be more than a contest between DMK and AIADMK as it has been for decades.
These are some of the key constituencies candidates (those leading are marked in bold) to watch out for:
|Constituency||AIADMK alliance||DMK alliance||Others|
|Kolathur||Aadhirajaram (AIADMK)||MK Stalin (DMK)||J Arumugam (AMMK)|
|Edappadi||K Palaniswami (AIADMK)||Sampath Kumar (DMK)||Dhasapparaj (MNM)|
|Bodinayakanur||O Panneerselvam (AIADMK)||Thanga Tamilselvan (DMK)||Ganesh Kumar (MNM), M Muthusamy (AMMK)|
|Coimbatore South||Vanathi Srinivasan (BJP)||Mayura Jayakumar (Congress)||Kamal Haasan (MNM), Duraiswamy (AMMK)|
|Thiruvottiyur||Kuppan (AIADMK)||Sankar (DMK)||Seeman (NTK), M Soundara Pandian (AMMK)|
|Dharapuram||L Murugan (BJP)||Kayalvizhi Selvaraj (DMK)||C Kalarani (AMMK), Charlie (MNM)|
|Chepauk-Triplicane||Ghazali (PMK)||Udhayanidhi Stalin (DMK)||Rajendran L (AMMK)|
|Thousand Lights||Khusbu (BJP)||Dr Ezhilan (DMK)||N Vaidyanathan (AMMK), Williams D (MNM)|
|Kovilpatti||Kadambur Raju (AIADMK)||K Srinivasan (CPIM)||TTV Dhinakaran (AMMK)|
|Aravakuruchi||Annamalai (BJP)||R Elango (DMK)||Thangavel (AMMK), Mohd Haneef Saheel (MNM)|
|Thoothukudi||Vijayaseelan (AIADMK)||Geetha Jeevan (DMK)||N Sundar (MNM), Velraj (NTK)|
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