Chennai: In a candid admission four months
after his party’s rout in the assembly elections, DMK chief M
Karunanidhi on Friday said internal differences and the activities
of some party men resulted in the "very huge defeat."
"We faced a very huge defeat in the Assembly elections due
to the competition that arose among us and the activities of
certain persons," the 88 year-old DMK patriarch said without
This is the first time Karunanidhi has come out in the open
blaming inner-party differences for the DMK`s dismal showing
though he had warned against such differences prior to the
April 13 elections.
DMK finished third in the 234-member assembly bagging just
23 seats and yielded the main opposition status to DMDK headed
by actor-politician Vijaykant, whose party was an ally of
AIADMK which swept the polls.
Karunanidhi, in a letter to his party workers urging them
to ensure DMK’s good show in next month?s civic polls, said
the ruling AIADMK was trying to exploit the present plight of
his party and act against it, even "not allowing us to
discharge our democratic duties in the Assembly."
Alleging that the AIADMK had won the elections with
"beastly power," and was on the `peak of arrogance`, the
former chief minister said it was time for his party men to
teach their arch-rival a lesson, and utilise the civic polls
for this purpose.
He claimed the ruling party could "indulge in all sorts of
malpractices," including use of money to retain its winning
streak and said it was one of the reasons that party men were
being arrested under land grab charges and re-arrested if they
were granted bail.
This was being done to prevent leaders (such as Veerapandi
S Arumugam, KN Nehru, K Ponmudi) from working for the party
during the local body polls, Karunanidhi claimed.
He also charged State Election Commission with favouring
AIADMK, alleging that it had given prior information to the
latter on reserved seats, making it easier for the party to
announce its candidates in advance.