People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 14, 2006
Vote For Change
In the elections held for Tamilnadu state assembly, which was an important political battle for democracy, the Democratic Progressive Alliance led by DMK and the Left, inflicted a crushing defeat on the authoritarian AIADMK rule. In this battle of utmost political significance, the DPA won in 162 constituencies out of 234. This includes 9 seats won by CPI(M) out of 13 that it contested and 6 by CPI out of 10. The DMK has won 96 seats and the allies, the Congress 34 and the PMK 17. Out of nine seats won by the CPI(M), three are held by women and the party has won two out of the three reserved seats it contested. One seat the party has lost by a margin of 14 votes.
The following are the CPI(M) winners in the state:
Balabharathi - Dindigul
Rose - Thiruvattar
– Madurai (East)
K Mahendran - Perambur
Joseph - Vilavancode
AIADMK has secured 64 seats, while its allies MDMK 5 and DPI 1. Two
independents have won including cine
victory of DPA reflects the yearning for change
that the people had over the last five years with a severe discontentment over
the policies of Jayalalitha government. This victory will transcend beyond the
politics of the state and record its impact at the national level too.