Jayalalithaa elected as Chief Minister again

19 May 2016 03:47 pm - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


For the first time in 32 years, Tamil Nadu has chosen to give a consecutive term to one party - Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will remain exactly where she is, according to clear trends from counting.

There were "no words in the dictionary," Ms Jayalalithaa said to describe her gratitude to the people of the state. "I have no other interest in life except to work for the people of Tamil Nadu," the reclusive Chief Minister added.

Celebrations were raucous outside her home in Chennai today with supporters declaring victory by 9.30 am.

Most exit polls had predicted that the 67-year-old's arch rival, M Karunanidhi, and his DMK would return to power in a continuum of the "yo-yo trend" of which Tamil Nadu has been a long-time subscriber.
But as counting of votes accelerated, the leaders who were seen walking into Mr Karunanidhi's home refused to comment on camera, indicating an acceptance of defeat.

Mr. Karunanidhi is 93, and in a wheelchair, but had committed to serving as Chief Minister if the DMK was elected, an announcement which caused considerable heartache for his son, MK Stalin and his considerable supporters.
Ahead of the election, Jayalalithaa promised to gift voters cell phones and other freebies - her last election campaign five years ago pledged mixer-grinders to housewives. Her Amma canteens, which provide highly subsidized food, have been a runaway success.
Last year, she was acquitted of corruption charges by a court in Bengaluru, but the Karnataka government has challenged that verdict in the Supreme Court.

Counting took place today in 232 of 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu after polling was postponed in two constituencies - Aravakurichi and Thanjavur - due to reports of distribution of large amounts of money to buy votes. (NDTV)


  Comments - 17

  • Rs Friday, 20 May 2016 10:55 AM

    Yes , that is why One is running the Google .

    J Palitha Friday, 20 May 2016 11:45 AM

    Karunanithy is equivalent to Mahinda as he played out left and right and still greedy for power. Our man MR is also the same. Jayawewa Jaya...

    Bubble Banda Friday, 20 May 2016 11:48 AM

    Jayalalitha is a silent hitter like My-3, she knows how to attack the googlies. Sorry greedy putha Karu. atleast now get lost.

    mike Thursday, 19 May 2016 04:39 PM

    it seems the people of tamil nadu are most uneducated

    Nilame Thursday, 19 May 2016 04:59 PM

    Mummy Returns II

    Silva Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:38 PM

    Congratulations CM madam ! well done, Iron lady of East !

    lk Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:05 PM

    she has no other interest than try to creep in to our island and hassle our fishermen via DM iOS App

    The God Father Friday, 20 May 2016 01:40 PM

    Small Correction bro, Karunanidhi played out left and right but MR played out left right and center.

    ril Thursday, 19 May 2016 07:44 PM

    Category 6 hurricane named as Jayalalithaa

    onlooker Friday, 20 May 2016 02:54 PM

    Do not miss the bus

    Dr.Raghav Friday, 20 May 2016 03:39 AM

    Same in the case in Sri Lanka too

    Dr.Raghav Friday, 20 May 2016 03:40 AM

    Stop this non-sense.Tamil Nadu is second in national progress.She is very firm in maintaining the law and order.Women are safe in Tamil Nadu than anywhere in India

    onlooker Friday, 20 May 2016 09:27 AM

    But it was proved that she is an utter rogue.

    Sharon Friday, 20 May 2016 10:14 AM

    Good match to our current regime...

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 20 May 2016 10:21 AM

    She defeated the currupted Karunanithy regime, the same way MS crushed MR.

    Bubble Banda Friday, 20 May 2016 10:23 AM

    You are still a flog inside the well. Come out man, then you will see the reality.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Friday, 20 May 2016 10:26 AM

    Same result like in SriLanka. Hereafter no more DMK and in SriLanka no more MR.

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