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AIADMK may face a tough fight in Tirupparankundram
03 August 2018

Lack of strong leadership, Dhinakaran factor may hurt its prospects in byelection

The byelection to the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency, which has fallen vacant following the death of A.K. Bose, is likely to pose a daunting challenge to the ruling AIADMK, as and when it takes place. The party would not only face stiff opposition from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) but also from the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), the outfit founded by its erstwhile deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

Strong rivals

Even though the constituency is considered a traditional stronghold of the AIADMK, the present state of affairs seems to have led to a perception among certain sections that the ruling party will have to sweat it out to register a victory. “Traditionally, the party had been led by strong leaders, which was one of the main reasons why it succeeded here consistently. But this factor is, at present, missing. There is some attraction towards rival leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran. These two factors certainly go against the ruling party,” said G. Palanithurai, Professor, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute.

Thanga Tamilselvan, former legislator of Andipatti and one of the prominent faces in the Dhinakaran camp, exuded confidence that there would be a “repeat of R.K. Nagar,” meaning that the AMMK would win hands down in the southern constituency. However, the ruling party dismissed these arguments and believes that voters of the constituency will “solidly rally behind” the party and its symbol, the two leaves. Marudhu Alagaraj, a spokesperson for the AIADMK, contended that the voters’ loyalty towards the party was time-tested and that people closely identified themselves with the organisation.

A senior AIADMK leader from Madurai said the party might suffer erosion in its vote share to some extent but it might not be big enough to change the outcome which, he claimed, would go in favour of the ruling party.



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