TAMIL NADU

DMK front secured 42.54 per cent votes

T. Ramakrishnan and R. Srikanth

CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which contested in 22 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State and won 18 seats, secured 25.1 per cent of votes polled.

Its ally, the Congress bagged 15.03 per cent of the votes by contesting in 15 seats and captured eight constituencies. Another ally, Viduthlai Chiruthaigal Katchi, which grabbed a parliamentary seat for the first time, got 2.41 per cent. The DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) got 42.54 per cent of the total votes polled, numbering about 3.03 crore. The overall voter turnout of the State was approximately 72.5 per cent.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led front secured 37.31 per cent of the votes. Apart from the AIADMK, the combine included Pattali Makkal Katchi, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Communist Party of India and the CPI (Marxist).

The break-up of the votes polled by the parties in percentage was: AIADMK – 22.89; PMK-5.71; MDMK-3.66; CPI – 2.85 and CPI (M) – 2.20. The front captured 12 constituencies, including nine won by the principal constituent of the combine. The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), which went it alone in the Lok Sabha election and drew a blank, bagged 10.1 per cent of the votes. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which contested in 12 constituencies as part of a seven-party alliance, got 2.34 per cent.

In the Central Chennai constituency, the margin of victory was 33,454 votes. The figures of margin in the North Chennai, Tiruchi, Kallakurichi, Karur and Kanniyakumari constituencies were 19,153 votes, 4,335 votes, 1,08,639 votes, 47,254 votes and 65,687 votes respectively.

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