Shock results in Tamil Nadu polls

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 May 2006

THE shock defeat of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the results of the Tamil Nadu election dominated the Tamil dailies. 

Tamil Nesan allocated four pages for the elections, Malaysia Nanban five and Makkal Osai six pages, all with pictorials on the contests for the 234 seats in the Tamil Nadu assembly.  

They also showed photographs of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) octogenarian leader M. Karunanidhi, who is expected to be sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, heading a minority government. 

The DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) won 162 seats to AIADMK's 70 seats.  

The other two seats were won by actor and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijaykanth and Communist Party of India (CPI) rebel S. Ramachandran, who contested as an independent. 

Reports said Karunanidhi, 83, created history in Tamil Nadu politics by registering his 11th successive win and is poised to become the first leader in the state to become chief minister for a record fifth time. 

Karunanidhi won in Chepauk by 8,522 votes. 

On the local front, 45 workers lodged a complaint with the district manpower department on Thursday after they did not receive their April wages, Tamil Nesan reported. 

It said the services of 28 of them were terminated from this month without any notice and the remaining 17 were worried about their future in the company, involved in cleaning offices. 

In another report in Tamil Nesan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz expressed his disappointment over the actions of enforcement officers in demolishing temples in the country. 

He said that although he was not aware of such incidents, he would bring the matter up with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after receiving a memorandum from Malaysian Hindu temple officials and representatives of the Hindu Rights Council on Thursday.  

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