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AIADMK views wins as precursor to 2021 triumph

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Bypoll results ‘demolish’ the DMK’s portrayal of the ruling party as being subservient to the BJP, says Minister

Enthused by its victories in the Nanguneri and Vikravandi byelections, the AIADMK sees the development as a precursor to the “streak of success” it hopes to achieve in the upcoming local body polls and the Assembly election due in 2021.

A cross-section of leaders and Ministers is of the view that though the party managed to retain a majority in May, by winning in 9 out of the 22 Assembly constituencies where byelections were held, the latest spell of success holds greater significance as it has proved that the party can “bounce back”.

They point to certain facts to buttress their contention. For the first time after the 2008 delimitation, the party has bagged Vikravandi, though its erstwhile ally, the CPI(M), captured the seat in 2011. Compared to nearly 75,000 votes polled by the PMK — one of the current partners of the ruling party — in the Vikravandi segment of the Villupuram Lok Sabha constituency earlier this year, the AIADMK has secured around 40,000 votes more. Likewise, in Nanguneri, the party has increased its vote share by about 25%, netting around 44,000 votes more than what it got some months ago.

“This reminds me how we turned the tables in 1980,” recalls J.C. D. Prabhakar, an organising secretary of the party.

“In the Lok Sabha election earlier that year, we got only two seats. When the Assembly election took place four or five months later, the party returned to power,” observes Mr. Prabhakar, who was elected from the Villivakkam Assembly constituency back then for the first time. In the byelections, he was entrusted with the task of wooing religious minorities.

“I consider it to be a mark of popular recognition of the government led by Edappadi K. Palaniswami,” says Electricity Minister P. Thangamani, adding that his party will do everything it can to keep up the current momentum in the next two major electoral rounds.

‘Deepavali gift’

Calling the victories a “Deepavali gift” from the people, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar says that considering the fact that the two constituencies are located in two extremes of the State – north and south, the party’s “impressive performance” only goes to reinforce its wide base across the State.

Tamil Development Minister K. Pandiarajan feels the results pave the way for creating a ‘pro-Modi’ narrative, apart from ‘demolishing’ the DMK’s portrayal of the AIADMK government as being subservient to the “supremacist regime”.

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