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Alliance arithmetic works wonders

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Chennai, May 11 (UNI) Alliance arithmetic has worked wonders again for the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu, which captured power dislodging the Jayalalithaa regime.

All the parties that came together with the single agenda of defeating the AIADMK government performed to their full potential.

The DPA banked on its joint chemistry, which won it 39 out of 39 seats in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, despite the exit of the MDMK late in the race.

The people of the state, known for changing loyalties alternately between the two Dravidian parties, voted out the AIADMK-led Democratic People's Alliance, giving them just 69 seats.

Billed as one of the toughest and closest polls in the state's history, the DMK's freebies played a 'decisive' role in the front's thumping victory.

Also for the first time in the annals of state politics, neither the DMK nor the AIADMK have secured a majority on its own. But the DMK, which won 96 seats, would form the government with the outside support of its allies - Congress, PMK and the Left parties, which won 34, 18 and 15 seats respectively.

A coalition government in the state became possible for the first time in recent years, but the DMK's constituents foreclosed the option, stating that they would not join the Government. They agreed to offer outside support to the DMK.

DMK president M Karunanidhi, who was the guiding force in the DPA's victory despite his age, would be formally elected as the Legislature party leader tomorrow.

The DMK government would be sworn in on May 13 at 1000 hrs, the party announced.

The octogenarian leader, who registered his record 11th successive win, would assume office as Chief Minister for a record fifth time.

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