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Tsunami relief does not pull in votes for Jaya

Written by: Staff

Chennai, May 11 (UNI) The ruling AIADMK has suffered a complete washout in tsunami-affected districts of Tamil Nadu, contrary to expectations that its 'effective handling of tsunami relief' would help it to gain success in the Assembly elections.

The elaborate relief and rehabilitation programme initiated by the AIADMK Government in the aftermath of the massive calamity was highlighted as a major achievement by Jayalalithaa during campaign.

She claimed her administration's efficient handling of tsunami relief had won accolades both at national and international level.

However, in the worst-affected Nagapattinam district, where the killer waves claimed several a thousand lives in December 2005, the AIADMK front was defeated in all six constituencies.

While the DMK claimed three seats, its allies Congress, Pattali Makkal Katchi and the CPI(M) won one seat each.

The AIADMK also suffered a rout in Kanniyakumari, the southern most tip of the state which bore the brunt of nature's fury.

All seven Assembly seats in the district went to the DMK-led front. While the DMK won three seats, including the prestigious Kanniyakumari seat where Health Minister N Thalavai Sundaram bit the dust, its allies CPI(M) and the Congress claimed two each.

However, in some solace to the AIADMK, the party candidates managed to win two seats in another tsunami-hit district Cuddalore, comprising nine constituencies.

The AIADMK's ally Dalit Panther of India (DPI) also fought hard to win two reserved constituencies -- Mangalore and Kattumannarkoil.

While actor Vijayakanth, the greenhorn, won the Vriddhachalam seat, the remaining four seats went to the DMK front.


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