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Allies Well, All's Well

DMK and friends sweep the local body polls as Amma implodes

Allies Well, All's Well
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Allies Well, All's Well
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The battles were fought bitterly and lavishly last fortnight, 3.9 lakh candidates jousting for some 1.12 lakh posts in the various corporations, municipalities and panchayats in the state. The DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (with the CPI, CPI(M), PMK, Congress and Indian Union Muslim League), which had swept the May assembly polls, returned stronger, boosted by a last-minute entry of the Dalit Panthers of India into its fold. AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha, who seems to be poring over a rare edition of How to Lose Friends and Offend People, literally forced the DPI out of her alliance by fielding candidates in seats alloted to the junior partner. Only Vaiko's MDMK remains in her camp now.

The DPA thus comfortably won five of the six municipal corporations, 110 of the 152 municipalities and 28 of the 29 district panchayats. In Chennai, the DMK-led alliance lost just eight of the 155 wards in the Corporation Council. Besides, the DMK also routinely retained the Madurai Central assembly seat in a byelection.

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