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DMK and DMDK : Improved voter share in civic polls

Chennai, Oct25 (): The State Election Commission has finally corrected its own figures. As per the latest figures, AIADMK got 39.2% votes in the recently held civic polls and not 75% as the electoral body said before. The ruling party got 38.4% in the Assembly polls. DMK can take heart to that by going it alone its voter share was 26.1% which is an improvement from the 22.38% it got in previous poll. DMDK is pushed to fourth position in terms of seats it won and has emerged as the third largest party in the state.

DMDK had a voter share of 8.38% in 2006 and its solo run increased its share to 10.08% and then it aligned with AIADMK and contested fewer seats. The lone Assembly seat held by Vijayakanth earlier rose to 29 seats but voter share was 9.46%. Now aligning with CPM its voter share in civic polls is 10.11%. This figure does not reflect much as Independents bagged 9.46% showing that in civic polls the stature of the candidates in the areas where they stayed, worked to a great extent.

TNCC President who claimed that Congress stood third and was a force to reckon with and reeled out figures of seats it won in the civic polls, will be shocked to know that his party got only 5.71% which is lesser than the Independents’ share put together.

PMK has maintained a steady voter share of 5.5% for more than a decade while changing sides between the two Dravidian parties. Now by going it alone shows that it has only 3.55%.

CPM in alliance with AIADMK in Assembly polls got 2.41% and in civic polls it went with DMDK and lessened its voter share to 1.02% while the CPI with no alliance reduced its share from 1.97% to 0.71%. Though both the Communist parties have always fought elections by aligning with either of the Dravidian parties, the BJP which has always been shunned by both the major parties  had got 2.22%  in May 2011 but in civic polls it got only 1.97%.

MDMK which quit the AIADMK alliance got a 1.70%. No figures were available on the other unrecognized political outfits.