A probable consolidation of voters of non-Mukkulathor communities in Kovilpatti Assembly constituency could have helped AIADMK’s Kadambur C. Raju defeat AMMK founder T.T.V. Dhinakaran.
The AMMK chief had shifted to Kovilpatti down south hoping to spring a shock very similar to he did in Chennai’s Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in a by-poll in 2017. His supporters again then argued that it might be a simple victory for the social gathering as post-delimitation, the Kovilpatti constituency had a sizeable proportion of voters from the Mukkulathor neighborhood to which Mr. Dhinakaran belongs. Some political analysts too had seen this as a shrewd transfer on the bottom that if he gained massive, in a post-election situation a weakened AIADMK may look as much as him for route. “Since we (AMMK) have gotten sturdy presence all over the place, I’ve come to Kovilpatti from R.Okay. Nagar,” Mr. Dhinakaran had reasoned. He toured extensively throughout Tamil Nadu for electioneering whereas dedicating only some days for canvassing in Kovilpatti Assembly phase as he was assured of a superb present.
Moreover, the AMMK candidate for Thoothukudi Parliamentary constituency N. Bhuvaneswaran had polled over 19,000 votes in Kovilpatti Assembly phase alone. Kayathar union chairman and AMMK’s southern area organising secretary S.V.S.P. Manickaraja, who’s believed to have satisfied Mr. Dhinakaran to decide on Kovilpatti, too was hopeful of victory. The AMMK anticipated that the imprisonment of Mr.Dhinakaran’s aunt V.Okay. Sasikala within the disproportionate belongings case and her current launch may set off sympathy from voters of her neighborhood. But the belief they reposed on the caste issue backfired. It is felt that voters of different communities favoured the resourceful Mr. Raju.
Political analyst Surya Xavier stated a pacesetter who ought to have recognized himself as a consultant of all sections of the society, shouldn’t have come to Kovilpatti with an eye fixed on getting the assist of a selected caste. “While the AMMK hoped to get rousing assist of Thevar neighborhood voters, different neighborhood voters have solidly backed Mr. Raju, which made his win simpler than thought. He defeated Mr. Dhinakaran by a margin of over 12,000 votes. Moreover, the linguistic minorities dwelling in Kovilpatti didn’t need them to be represented by an individual with completely different id. All resulted within the election of Mr. Raju,” he stated.
Nonetheless, Mr. Dhinakaran had by no means publicly recognized himself as a consultant of the Mukkulathor neighborhood. In reality, he was among the many first chief from a dominant neighborhood to garland the statue of ‘Tyagi’ Immanuel Sekaran, a Dalit chief.