Bengaluru, May 17: All the exit polls for Tamil Nadu show that the tradition of voting for an alternate party will continue. Exit polls and an Intelligence Bureau report suggest that the DMK is coming back to power in the state. When the elections were announced none expected that the DMK will return to power and all experts said that it would be the AIADMK which would be given a second chance by the voter.
The experts say that there are several issues that may have worked in the favour of the DMK. The health of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa was one major factor that could have gone against her party, experts also say.
Amma was hardly seen
The opposition in Tamil Nadu spared no effort to tell the voter that if Jayalalithaa returns to power she would be a chief minister who would not work.
Jayalalithaa fondly referred to as Amma began her campaign on April 9 and the experts feel that in the one month she made very few public appearances. This could have gone against her.
On the other hand the DMK was very aggressive during its campaign. M K Stalin, the heir apparent to Karunanidhi did fling some barbs about the health of Jayalalithaa during the campaign. In one of his campaigns he even said that he would be able to stand and distribute all the awards during a function.
He made a reference to Jayalalithaa being unable to stand through an entire function and distribute awards.
The Intelligence Bureau says that while Jayalalithaa's health issue was one of the reasons for the exit polls suggesting her defeat, one must also bear the trend of voting an alternate party in Tamil Nadu. It has been this way since 1984 and we did not expect that pattern to change, the officer said.
Dr Sandeep Shastri, a leading psephologist tells OneIndia the DMK in fact had an extremely aggressive campaign and this tilted a lot in their favour. During the campaign one also saw the popularity of Jayalalithaa dipping a bit.
The campaign was not aggressive and some health related issues too had been pointed out. At first I felt that she may sweep the polls, but today that is not exactly the case says Dr Shastri.