Rural poll results in Tamil Nadu show ‘Third Front’ a distant dream
The main opposition, AIADMK, was able to win just two seats, in its second major defeat after the legislative elections of 2021.
The DMK-led front also held the posts of panchayat union adviser, winning 1,021 of 1,380 seats, with AIADMK falling far behind with just 214 seats.
It is interesting to note that the âThird Frontâ or rather parties like the MNM of Kamal Haasan, the NTK of actor-director Seeman, the AMMK of TTV Dhinakaran, the PMK of Dr S. Ramadoss and the DMDK of actor turned politician Vijayakant fared badly.
The PMK won 47 councilor seats, the AMMK four, the DMDK, while the others, including the outfits of Seeman and Kamal Haasan, could not even get one.
âThe beating by the people of these voice dividers is a clear message. Either they are part of a Dravidian movement or they perish. Independent political parties cannot survive in Tamil Nadu and they can only exist as a partner coalition of one of the main political parties, the DMK or the AIADMK, âthe political analyst told IANS and private university professor of Chennai, Dr Uma Maheshwari.
All parties, in the run-up to the elections, had expressed great confidence in their chances of winning, but the results turned out to be something different.
C. Rajeev of the Chennai think tank, Center for Policy and Development Studies, told IANS that âit is high time the leaders of these political parties, including Kamal Haasan, understood that unless a party does not have an appropriate electoral policy and manifesto, people will not support Even the seats won by these parties may be due to the performance of their individual leaders due to their influence in the locality rather than attributing to politicians and programs of these parties.
âThe people of Tamil Nadu are very literate about the elections and they will teach the traitors a lesson and those who are willing to divide the votes will also see their place and that is exactly what happened in these polls. “