The party is upset that despite substantial vote share it could not win a single seat in the recent Lok Sabha polls

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has asked its district secretaries, candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and party leaders in-charge of all constituencies to submit independent and unbiased reports, detailing various factors that led to its dismal performance, to the party leader M. Karunanidhi by June 15.

A resolution adopted at the party's high-level policy planning committee on Monday suggested to the party leadership to take further action based on the feedback reports.

The meeting also placed on record the constant flow of reports to the party leadership from various quarters including neutral persons, interested in the welfare of the DMK.

The meeting, chaired by party patriarch M. Karunanidhi, also decided to appoint a committee to advise the party leadership on strengthening and simplifying the administration of the party’s district units.

“The party has been talking about redrawing the boundaries of the district units to ensure speedy and constructive organisational works, and to have a close watch on the functioning of these district units. The committee will advise accordingly and based on its recommendations, the party’s organisational by-laws will be amended,” another resolution said.

As the DMK was not able to win a single seat in the recent Lok Sabha polls, despite its candidates securing substantial percentage of the votes polled, the high-level committee of the party has also made a strong case for introducing proportional representation in the State Assemblies, Parliament and other elected bodies in the country.

Pointing out that barring the erstwhile British Colonies all other countries were following a proportional representation system, a resolution adopted at Monday's meeting also recalled the DMK founder C.N. Annadurai's advocacy for proportional representation.

“Now many national parties are also advocating the idea," the DMK's resolution pointed out and asked the Centre and the Election Commission of India to consider the proposal seriously.

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