Tamil Nadu bypolls: AIADMK misused authority, money power to win seats, says DMK

Chennai: DMK President M Karunanidhi said the ruling AIADMK's win in all three Tamil Nadu Assembly seats where polls were held on 19 November was not surprising, as the party had misused authority and money power to engineer an "artificial victory".

AIADMK cadres celebrate their party's victory in Tamil Nadu bypolls. PTI

AIADMK cadres celebrate their party's victory in Tamil Nadu bypolls. PTI

"There is no surprise or anything new in AIADMK's win in three constituencies in Tamil Nadu. DMK's hard work could not stand before misuse of authority and money power," he said.

Karunanidhi alleged that "money power has once again won" in Tamil Nadu. "Therefore this is an artificial victory," he said in a statement, while also congratulating his "dear friend", Puduchery chief minister V Narayansamy for leading the ruling Congress in the Union Territory to a "massive win" in the Nellithope bypoll.

Continuing its electoral dominance over arch rival DMK amid hospitalisation of its supremo, chief minister J Jayalalitha, AIADMK had romped home in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi polls on Tuesday, as well as the Thiruparankundram bypoll.

AIADMK had wrested the Aravakkurichi seat from DMK and retained Thanjavur and Thiruparankundram by margins ranging
from more than 20,000 to 42,000 votes, dealing a blow to its Dravidian rival.

Updated Date: Nov 23, 2016 15:00 PM

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