The DMK is hoping to do well on behalf of the party from this region in this assembly election, relying on its coalition’s victory over all the Lok Sabha seats in the western regions in 2019.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President MK Stalin. (File Photo)
In the Tamil Nadu elections to be held on April 6, voters will register their decision in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and this will decide whether the AIADMK will win for the third consecutive time in the state or there will be a change in power. During the election campaign, the AIADMK, DMK, AMMK and Makkal Needhi Mayyam (MNM) tried to present themselves as the best choice to the voters.
The ruling AIADMK, headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, is keen to continue in power for the third time. At the same time DMK President MK Stalin has put his full emphasis to thwart the expectations of his rivals. The DMK was ousted from power in 2011 after a dismal performance due to several factors, including power cuts. Five years later, it gave a more spirited performance and strengthened its position as a major opposition party.
This assembly election in Tamil Nadu will be held in the absence of late leaders J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. The BJP is hoping to give a good contest in this election with the blessings of Lord Muruga. BJP fought the last election on its own, but this time it is fighting in alliance with AIADMK. This time the BJP is focused on many issues including Tamil culture and pride.
MNM leader and actor Kamal Haasan is contesting in 2021. They are trying their luck from Coimbatore South, which is part of the western region and is considered to be the stronghold of the AIADMK. In addition to the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Salem and Namakkal, the ruling party overall has a good influence in the western region. Stalin has shown his desire to get hold of these districts and is leaving no stone unturned to achieve these goals.
The DMK is hoping to do well on behalf of the party from this region in this assembly election, relying on its coalition’s victory over all the Lok Sabha seats in the western regions in 2019. Although several pre-poll surveys have indicated the DMK’s victory, but the AIADMK has rejected them.
Leaders including Palaniswami have ruled out the possibility of a ten-year anti-incumbency wave. Describing it as a byproduct of the DMK, these leaders have said that the pro-people initiative of the party will win it again. After contesting the 2016 election under the leadership of late Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK has formed an alliance with the BJP and the PMK and some other local organizations.
A PMK leader said that Vanniyar will support the AIADMK and will not vote for the DMK in any way. On the other hand DMK is relying on its alliance to repeat the performance of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in this election. DMK’s allies include Congress and Left parties.
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