Thoothukudi Lok Sabha Election results: DMK’s Kanimozhi wins it big in the constituency

DMK candidate for the Tuticorin Lok Sabha seat, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station in Chennai.Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(
The Thoothukudi constituency saw DMK’s star candidate Kanimozhi win it big. Kanimozhi, a two-time Rajya Sabha MP, is the daughter of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the half-sister of DMK’s MK Stalin. She won with a 56.8% vote share.

The constituency is home to the controversial Sterlite power plant. The Sterlite Copper plant came under the scanner last year, after violent protests broke out in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin against the plant’s reported adverse impact on pollution. The TNPCB had then ordered for the plant to be shut permanently, citing a provision of the Water Act, 1974.

In May 2018, in a police firing, 13 people were killed and now, the Supreme Court has ordered the CBI to conduct a fair and impartial investigation regarding the firing, according to ANI.

The Supreme Court in February had ordered that the controversial Sterlite Copper plant owned by Vedanta Private Limited in Tamil Nadu will remain shut, overturning an earlier order with the country’s main environmental court.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress have an alliance in the state.

Congress and their coalition partner, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is expected to sweep the state, winning over 25 seats, as predicted by exit polls. Today’s Chanakya and India Today and India Today-Axis’ polls foretold that they will cross 30 seats. BJP’s poll partner, on the other hand, AIADMK (All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), might find it tough to win more than ten seats, according to most polls.

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