Violence, cross-voting marred indirect polls for chairman, vice-chairman posts
In the polls for the union panchayat council chiefs, the AIADMK alliance won 150 civic chief posts including 7 by PMK and 5 by BJP while the DMK combine won 133 posts including 5 by Congress and 3 seats going to Left parties. The AMMK won two posts while another two went to independents. Polls were not held in 27 unions due to various reasons, an SEC release stated.
The DMK has petitioned SEC alleging irregularities by the ruling AIADMK and election officials in the conduct of the indirect election. DMK Parliamentary party leader T R Baalu on Saturday met State Election Commissioner R Palaniswami and complained that indirect election was not conducted in places where the DMK had majority or was in a winning position.
The ruling AIADMK retained the local bodies in its traditional strongholds of western Tamil Nadu comprising Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Namakkal, Karur and its ally PMK secured panchayat unions in north Tamil Nadu particularly in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts. Jayamkondam panchayat union in Ariyalur was secured by PMK.
The DMK won the maximum local bodies in Tiruchy, The Nilgiris, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Tiruvallur, and Tiruvarur districts. Kanniyakumari district went for a mixed bag with the BJP and the Congress winning the local bodies. The AMMK retained a few local bodies in Thoothukudi and Sivaganga, including Kayathar town panchayat. The Congress, an ally of the DMK, was a minor player in the indirect polls.
Elections were held for 9,622 village panchayat offices for vice-president posts, 314 union offices for panchayat union chairpersons and vice-chairpersons. Fifty per cent of posts have been reserved for women. The civic elections to the panchayat union wards and the district panchayat wards were held in two phases in December. The DMK won 2,100 ward members in panchayat unions, the AIADMK got 1,781 members.