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DMK dislodges AIADMK in TN; Left sweeps WB, Kerala

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) Charioteered by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the Left Front juggernaut rolled in West Bengal to win an unprecedented seventh term in office and the DMK-led front dislodged Dr J Jayalalithaa from power in Tamil Nadu while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won a two-thirds majority in Kerala in the assembly election, marking a consolidation of the allies of the Congress at the Centre.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) also dislodged the United Democratic Front (UDF) from power in Kerala while the Congress appeared set to form its first coalition Government in Asom, where no party was in a position to form a government on its own. The Congress-led front retained power in Pondicherry also.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi won the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha byelection by a record margin of more than 4,00,000 votes, proving her vote-catching ability yet again to her party cadres as well as to her rivals.

Analysts say the results in the assembly poll may not immediately alter the power equation at the Centre where the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government is heavily dependent on the support of the Left parties from outside.

The feeling in political circles, however, is that the consolidation of the Left forces and the DMK may result in the formation of a 'pressure group', which could prevail upon the Manmohan Singh Government on key economic and foreign policy issues.

The results in the assembly election were more or less on the expected lines and did not bring about any major surprises as exit polls had already suggested that a rejuvenated M Karunanidhi-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA), of which the Congress was a constituent, was all set to remove Dr Jayalalithaa from power in Tamil Nadu.

Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the pro-reform Chief Minister of West Bengal, gave a record seventh term in office to the Left Front.

The DMK is all set to form a government on its own in Tamil Nadu, Party Leader and Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran said. Talking to a TV channel in Chennai, he said most of the DPA allies, including the PMK and the Left parties, have expressed their desire not to participate in the government and decided to offer support from outside.

''We will form the government on our own'', he added.

He said the DMK leadership had spoken to the PMK and the Left party leaders in this regard.

However, the response from the Congress, whose leader and Union Minister E V K S Elangovan had caused ripples a couple of years back by demanding a share in power in the state if the Front was voted to power, was awaited.

The Congress was all set to form the first ever coalition government of Asom as they marched ahead winning 22 seats so far and were sure to win another 30.

The AGP despite its pre-poll bravado was unlikely to improve its past tally and struggled at 4 seats, while leading in 15 others.

They lost half of their leaders including Brindabon Goswami at Borsolla while he won from Tezpur seat.

But the biggest surprise was the strong emergence of the AUDF, which in fact affected all the parties, partially the BJP and the Congress.

The Bodos more or less retained their turf and it will help the Congress come back to power, proving all pre- poll calculations wrong.


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