Tamil Nadu

AIADMK scripts 10 out of 11 seats in Salem district

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has brought out an impressive show in Salem district by making a near clean sweep.

Of the 11 constituencies in the district, the AIADMK nominees emerged victorious in ten, in many seats with a comfortable victory margins.

The sole consolation for the DMK was the victory of R. Rajendran, a close confidant of party treasurer M. K. Stalin in Salem North constituency.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) played a spoilsport and ensured defeat of DMK candidates in many constituencies. The much expected DMDK – People’s Welfare Front brought out a very poor show in all the 11 constituencies much to the surprise of the neutral political observers.

The prominent among the winners are ‘Edappadi’ K. Palaniswami, Minister for State Highways and Minor Ports, in his native Edappadi constituency and former Minister S. Semmalai in Mettur.

While Mr. Palaniswami romped home with a whopping margin of 42,022 votes over his nearest PMK rival N. Annadurai in a 15 cornered contest; Mr. Semmalai, after a ding dong battle, handed out a 6,282 votes defeat to incumbent S. R. Parthiban of Makkal DMDK.

In Edappadi, while Mr. Palaniswami secured 98,703 votes, Mr. Annadurai polled 56,681 votes. The DMK candidate P. A. Murugesan was pushed to the third position with votes tally of 55,149 votes. The CPI (M) candidate P. Thangavelu finished a poor fourth with 5,439 votes.

In Mettur constituency, the lead changed hands frequently between Mr. Semmalai, Mr. Parthiban and the PMK president G. K. Mani. It was Mr. Mani who took a healthy lead of 4,200 votes in the first two rounds. Later Mr. Semmalai overtook Mr. Mani and led by 726 votes at the end of fourth round. The fifth round saw another turnaround, with Mr. Semmalai and Mr. Parthiban occupying the first two spots and pushing Mr. Mani down to third place. At the end of the 10th round, Mr. Parthiban took a slender lead of 116 votes and improved it to 2,000 votes at the end of 13th round. Once again Mr. Semmalai wrested lead and maintained it till the end.

In Salem North, Mr. Rajendran (DMK) won by a margin of 9,873 votes. He polled 86,583 votes and K. R. S. Saravanan (AIADMK) got 76,710 votes.

The AIADMK candidates emerged victorious in Salem West, Salem South, Sankagiri, Attur (reserved), Gangavalli (reserved), Yercaud (reserved), Omalur and Veerapandi constituencies.

In Omalur, S. Vetrivel (AIADMK) secured 89,169 votes to defeat S. Ammasi of DMK who got 69,213 votes by a margin of 19,956. The PMK nominee A. Tamilarasu was third with 48,721 votes. The DMDK treasurer A. R. Ilangovan finished fourth with 9,744 votes. In a battle between cousins at Veerapandi, ‘Veerapandi’ A. Rajendran, son of late DMK strongman ‘Veerapandi’ S. Arumugam suffered a defeat at the hands of P. Manonmani (AIADMK) by a margin of 14,481 votes. While Ms. Manonmani polled 94,792 votes, Mr. Rajendran secured 80,311.

In Sankagiri constituency, S. Raja (AIADMK) trounced T. K. Rajeswaran (Congress) by a margin of 37,374. While Mr. Raja polled 96,202 votes, Mr. Rajeswaran got 58,828 votes, followed by P. Kannan (PMK) 37,927 votes.

In Attur, S. K. Arthanari, national general secretary of Indian Youth Congress suffered a 17,334 vote defeat at the hands of R. M. Sinnathambi (AIAMDK). While Mr. Sinnathambi got 82,827 votes, Mr. Arthanari polled 65,493. G. Amsaveni of PMK finished third with 18,363.

The incumbent G. Venkatachalam retained the Salem West seat by defeating C. Paneerselvam by 7,247 votes. The PMK’s Arul finished third with 29,982 votes. The sitting MLA of Salem North, Alagapuram R. Mohanraj of DMDK finished poor fourth with 8,962. In Gangavalli (reserved) A. Maruthamuthu scored a narrow 2,270 vote victory over the DMK nominee and former Salem Mayor Rekha Priyadarshini. In Salem South A. P. Sakthivel (AIADMK) defeated M. Gunasekaran (DMK) by 30,453 votes and in Yercaud AIADMK’s G. Chitra defeated C. Tamilselvan (DMK) by 17,394 votes.

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