The lack of strong local leadership to lead the party and galvanize workers has apparently dented its vote bank

The total collapse of AIADMK in Tiruchi district, which was for a long time the party’s stronghold, has provoked disbelief among political observers.

Out of nine constituencies, the DMK spared none of the AIADMK, which had exercised its influence in at least six rural constituencies for decades. The main cause of disappointment among AIADMK workers is the victory of the DMK candidates with massive voting margins in some constituencies of Tiruchi as well as in the districts of Karur, Ariyalur and Perambalur.

While the DMK chose to field its candidates in seven of Tiruchi’s nine constituencies, leaving two to its allies, Chrishthuva Nallenna Iyakkam (CNI) and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), AIADMK contested eight seats, leaving one to his ally. , the TMC.

Awarded to allies

There was skepticism among the base of the DMK when the constituencies of Tiruchi (East) and Manapparai were assigned to its allies.

The candidates, Abdul Samad of the MMK and Inigo Irudhayaraj of the CNI, were both foreigners from their respective constituencies and had to work overtime to gain the trust of the DMK workers. But AIADMK candidates failed to capitalize on the label from the outside and their ignorance.

AIADMK (Urban Tiruchi) Secretary Vellamandi N. Natarajan faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mr. Irudhayaraj, a newbie to the electoral battle, with a whopping 53,797 votes in Tiruchi constituency (Is).

DMK heavyweight KN Nehru let off steam at home with an 80,927 margin margin against AIADMK’s V. Padmanathan. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, who played in Thiruverumbur, also managed to defeat his closest rival, P. Kumar of AIADMK, near the margin of 50,000 votes.

Traditional fortresses

Out of nine constituencies, Srirangam, Manapparai, Musiri, Mannachanallur and Thuraiyur were the traditional strongholds of AIADMK. Since 1991, it has not tasted whitewash in the neighborhood except in 1996. Many consider this to be the worst party performance in the area since its inception.

The indications are that the Mutharaiyars, a dominant caste in the rural segments of the district, have not strengthened their faith in AIADMK.

The lack of a strong local leadership to lead the party and influence workers to convince voters of the government’s performance had apparently dented the AIADMK’s voting bank. The lack of clear understanding among the workers on the execution of the party leadership’s “macro and micro” plan, infighting and the poor selection of candidates were also factors in the AIADMK debacle.

On the other hand, Mr. Nehru, who played a key role in securing the victory of the 14 panchayat unions in the local elections, once again played his trump card to make a strong breakthrough in the strongholds of AIADMK.

“After Jayalalithaa’s demise, AIADMK seems to have given way to the emergence of regional lobbyists, who in turn are forming followers and groups. Party tickets were given to their followers. This is one of the main reasons for the collapse of AIADMK in Tiruchi, ”said a party veteran and a former minister.