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Jaya makes it to Assembly for fourth time

Written by: Staff

Andipatti, May 11 (UNI) Her Democratic People's Alliance (DPA) may not have won the required seats to form the government, but there is no stopping AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa, who retained her Andipatti seat, albeit by a reduced margin.

The 58-year-old charismatic AIADMK leader made it to the Assembly for the fourth term in five elections after her only loss in 1996 elections when she lost in Bargur in 1996.

Ms Jayalalithaa won by a margin of 25,186 votes over her nearest DMK rival P Seeman of DMK.She polled 73,927 votes against Mr Seeman's 48,741 votes in a field of 16 candidates.

Considered to be an AIADMK pocket-borough, there was no doubt about Ms Jayalalithaa's victory in Andipatti where she had won by an impressive margin of over 41,000 votes in the bypolls in 2002 after her nominations were rejected during the 2001 elections.

But pre-poll reports said she would win by a lower margin of victory.

She was disqualified from contesting in 2001 on technical grounds as nomination papers were filed on her behalf from four constituencies. Mr Thanga Tamizhselvan, replaced her as the party candidate and he won without much ado.

In March 2002, Mr Tamizhselvan paved way for ''Amma's'' election to the State Assembly, when he resigned the seat. Ms Jayalalithaa emerged a great winner winning by a record margin against Mr Vaigai Sekar of DMK, on her birthday.

This is Ms Jayalalithaa's fourth foray into the State Assembly.

She was elected to Bodinayakanur and Kangeyam in 1989, when the AIADMK was routed in the polls. She retained Bodinaickanur and resigned from Kangeyam.

After the DMK Government was dismissed in 1991, the AIADMK headed by Ms Jayalalithaa swept to power for the first time, thanks to the sympathy wave in the aftermath of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

Ms Jayalalithaa herself won from Bargur. But she failed to retain her seat in 1996, losing to Mr E G Sugavanam of DMK by a whopping margin of more than 70,000 votes, before making Andipatti as her constituency.

Andipatti had become the high-profile constituency after her political mentor and AIADMK Founder M G Ramachandran won in 1984, while being bed-ridden in the Brooklyn Hospital in the United States.


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