TN polls witness interesting incidents

Voting for the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu today witnessed interesting incidents, including the...... Read More >>

High turnout in sixth phase of LS poll, TN records 73%

High voter enthusiasm marked the sixth phase of polling on Thursday covering 117 constituencies...... Read More >>

Narendra Modi files nomination from Varanasi

Varanasi : BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today filed his nomination papers from...... Read More >>

No immediate decision on Lokpal: Centre to SC

The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will not take any immediate decision on...... Read More >>

Nearly 70 per cent polling till 3 pm in West Bengal

KOLKATA: Nearly 70 per cent votes were cast till 3 pm in West Bengal, where polling is underway in...... Read More >>



DMDK garners 2,300 votes in its maiden attempt in Delhi

Monday, 9 December 2013

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu-based Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), led by actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, garnered about 2,300 votes in its maiden attempt in the Delhi assembly elections.

Of the party's 11 candidates, two polled over 300 votes, four over 200. Ishvari, who contested from the Wazirpur seat in North Delhi got 362 votes, the highest among DMDK nominees, and K Swarna from Janakpuri received the lowest of 110 votes.

G S Mani, who tried his luck from the high-profile New Delhi constituency, where Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal defeated Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, occupied the seventh position among 17 contestants.

"I had received 15 postal votes. Getting a little over 200 votes in a constituency comprising considerable number of intellectual people is an achievement," Mani claimed.

The DMDK chief surprised the Tamil population, both in Tamil Nadu and Delhi, by entering the poll fray in Delhi. He campaigned in the national capital for five days, highlighting the pathetic living conditions of Tamils in jhuggis (slums). Eight of the 11 DMDK contestants hailed from jhuggis, DMDK Delhi State secretary V N Dakshinamurthy said.

"In a few constituencies, we had out performed parties such as NCP and SP. When nobody had cared about the people in the slums, we nominated people from there," he said, adding that "we would improve our vote share in the coming local body elections".


Today's E-Paper


Who will get majority in Lok Sabha Polls?