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Updated: June 28, 2013 04:40 IST

Rajya Sabha poll brings together old allies

T. Ramakrishnan
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(Clockwise from top left) T. Rathinavel, K.R. Arjunan, Dr. V. Maitreyan and Dr. R. Lakshmanan (all AIADMK), CPI candidate D. Raja and DMK candidate Kanimozhi won the Rajya Sabha polls on Thursday. File photos
The Hindu (Clockwise from top left) T. Rathinavel, K.R. Arjunan, Dr. V. Maitreyan and Dr. R. Lakshmanan (all AIADMK), CPI candidate D. Raja and DMK candidate Kanimozhi won the Rajya Sabha polls on Thursday. File photos

Four AIADMK candidates, CPI’s D. Raja and DMK chief's daughter Kanimozhi registered comfortable wins in the elections for which voting was held for the first time in 17 years.

The outcome of the elections to six Rajya Sabha (RS) seats from Tamil Nadu was on expected lines, but its bigger significance — a possible re-alignment of political forces — did not go unnoticed.

The way the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) accommodated the Communist Party of India (CPI) for one RS seat, which was won by CPI national secretary D. Raja, has given strong indications that a combination of parties, led by the AIADMK and including both Left parties, could fight the Lok Sabha elections together.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) successfully managed to secure support from the Congress for its nominee, Kanimozhi’s victory, marking the likely revival of ties between the two parties, which were together for nine years till March this year.

The DMDK, which fought the last Assembly polls in the company of the AIADMK, is left isolated.

Even though the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi and the Puthiya Tamizhagam, whose support was sought by the AIADMK, eventually voted for the DMK, the stated position of the two parties is that their decision was made only in the light of the present situation, leaving some scope for rapprochement with the ruling party in future.

By boycotting the RS elections, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has not thrown any hint which way it would go.

In the last several months, it has been saying publicly that it would never align with Dravidian parties and in the Lok Sabha polls, it would prefer to go it alone or lead a front of its own.

The outcome of the RS elections went like this: four candidates of the ruling AIADMK and one candidate each from the DMK and CPI were elected.

As there was a contest between the DMK and the DMDK for the sixth seat, the counting went to the second round and after adopting the process of elimination, Ms. Kanimozhi was declared winner, defeating the DMDK’s A.R.Elangovan.

Three of the AIADMK candidates — K. R. Arjunan, V. Maitreyan and T. Rathinavel — polled 36 votes each and the other nominee, R. Lakshmanan, 35 votes. Mr. Raja got 34 votes and Ms. Kanimozhi – 31 votes. The loser, Mr Elangovan, got 22 votes.

The minimum number of votes to be secured was 33 votes.

Despite not securing the requisite quota, Ms. Kanimozhi was declared winner as she had higher first preference votes than Mr. Elangovan.

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This county is truly doomed. Most people who can see the big picture dont vote! and
poor people, understandably seek immediate reward and dont care. We really need a
sea change.

from:  Sri
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 23:39 IST

“Birds of the same feather flock together.”

from:  naresh
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 23:35 IST

What a shame. She will soon start distributing color TVs and iddlis.

As many as 31% members of parliament (MPs) legislators (MLAs/MLCs) who will cast vote in presidential election have criminal cases pending against them in police record and 48% are crorepatis, according to study done by the National Election Watch (NEW) and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), bodies representing over 1200 civil society groups working o n electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in India for the last several years.

from:  Ravi Chandran
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 23:01 IST

Shame to MK and Congress. Even shame to newly elected Rajya sabha member - Ms Kanimozhi.

from:  Niranjan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:58 IST

seperation is a drama,the congress and DMK are hand in glove.actualy the
looted 2G money is shared by these parties,to escape from this case both
should be united.

from:  swamy
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:57 IST

This is democrazyyy...

from:  ShreeSri
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:47 IST

Epic example shows lost morals in Indian democratic systems nobody is ashamed nor
realize political system reformation. As a common man i strongly protest and oppose their
election.

from:  Srinivas Eaga
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:46 IST

Another scam in the queue..to b unveiled soon

from:  Nish
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:45 IST

What a shame.DMK which withdrew support to UPA on pretext of turning
blind eye to massive human rights violations has decided to seek the
support of that very party to get their leader's daughter elected.A lady
who was involved in massive loot of country through 2G has reentered the
hallowed halls of Rajya Sabha.Nation should hang its head in shame that
people like Modi,raja,kanimozhi thrive in this country

from:  nagendran
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:45 IST

Kanimozhi re-elected. Another instance of making a joke out of Indian
democracy and people.

from:  thinktank
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:21 IST

Something fishy went thru the election

from:  Vivin NL
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:20 IST

Kanimozhi re-elected, Nothing could be more shameful for India.

from:  M.S.Niranjhan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:14 IST

DemoCrazy!!

from:  Nithin
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:12 IST

Well done, Congress! You have once again proved that shameless opportunism is the other name for politics in India!
Vijayakant- hope you understand that AIADMK is more trust worthy!

from:  Venkata Rangarajan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 22:04 IST

What a shame? Kanimozhi wins the election.

from:  Parameshwar
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 21:43 IST

What a shame.

The DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Ms. Kanimozhi was on Thursday re-elected to Rajya Sabha with Congress support from Tamil Nadu after a contest with actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK candidate.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 21:00 IST

Great indian politics or great indian circus

from:  Anurag
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:55 IST

1.it is better that Kanimozhi has been elected instead of that pompous actor 'captain' vijaykanth since he cannot even talk without a promptor behind him.
2 The election shows that the Congress as a party has no morals and will go to any extra length for its own survival and all its protestations of cleanliness in public affairs are so much rubbish.
3.Karunanidhi has shown his true colours-when it is a matter of his/family survival,party and principles do not matter.

from:  L.KRISHNAMOORTHY
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:53 IST

The Tamilnadu congress could at least boast now that no
one(Except
AIADMK) could become a Rajya Sabha member from Tamilnadu without
their support.But they could not boast by winning only 5 seats In
the last assembly elections just ahead of PMK with 3 seats.With
Helping the DMK candidate thus,there is a chance of loosing many
seats in gthe Lok sabha elections in 2014.TNCC thus attempting to
annihilate itself from the political arena in Tamilnadu.Gandhi
wanted congress to disband after independence in the All India
level. TNCC may do that in the very near future.

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:41 IST

What a Shame, A lady accused in 2G scam getting re-elected to the Upper
house and that too after so called secular Congress voting in support of
her. What kind of Political scam is this. Would not there be any
eligibility criteria in Indian Politics. At least let her come clean
from ongoing 2G case, before she be given a chance. God please save my
country. AAP is the need of the hour. I hope Aravind ji would just flush
all these people from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

from:  Santhosh
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:33 IST

How can Kanimozhi be elected to the Rajya Sabha? She was one of the accused in the spectrum scam and is under investigation. Every time our democratic process fails to live up the its expectations, it erodes its credibility.

from:  ama
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:25 IST

Only such funny events happen in India.

from:  Antz
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:17 IST

A while back - they were involved in the most vicious,
destructive scams and now they are holding important positions in the
constitution.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 19:13 IST
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