A probable consolidation of voters of non-Mukkulathor communities in Kovilpatti Assembly constituency might have helped AIADMK’s Kadambur C. Raju defeat AMMK founder T.T.V. Dhinakaran.
The AMMK chief had shifted to Kovilpatti down south hoping to spring a shock very like he did in Chennai’s Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in a by-poll in 2017. His supporters again then argued that it could be a straightforward victory for the get together as post-delimitation, the Kovilpatti constituency had a sizeable proportion of voters from the Mukkulathor group to which Mr. Dhinakaran belongs. Some political analysts too had seen this as a shrewd transfer on the bottom that if he received large, in a post-election state of affairs a weakened AIADMK may look as much as him for route. “Since we (AMMK) have got strong presence everywhere, I have come to Kovilpatti from R.K. Nagar,” Mr. Dhinakaran had reasoned. He toured extensively throughout Tamil Nadu for electioneering whereas dedicating just a few days for canvassing in Kovilpatti Assembly phase as he was assured of an excellent present.
Moreover, the AMMK candidate for Thoothukudi Parliamentary constituency N. Bhuvaneswaran had polled over 19,000 votes in Kovilpatti Assembly phase alone. Kayathar union chairman and AMMK’s southern area organising secretary S.V.S.P. Manickaraja, who’s believed to have satisfied Mr. Dhinakaran to decide on Kovilpatti, too was hopeful of victory. The AMMK anticipated that the imprisonment of Mr.Dhinakaran’s aunt V.Ok. Sasikala within the disproportionate belongings case and her latest launch may set off sympathy from voters of her group. But the belief they reposed on the caste issue backfired. It is felt that voters of different communities favoured the resourceful Mr. Raju.
Political analyst Surya Xavier stated a pacesetter who ought to have recognized himself as a consultant of all sections of the society, mustn’t have come to Kovilpatti with an eye fixed on getting the assist of a selected caste. “While the AMMK hoped to get rousing support of Thevar community voters, other community voters have solidly backed Mr. Raju, which made his win easier than thought. He defeated Mr. Dhinakaran by a margin of over 12,000 votes. Moreover, the linguistic minorities living in Kovilpatti did not want them to be represented by a person with different identity. All resulted in the election of Mr. Raju,” he stated.
Nonetheless, Mr. Dhinakaran had by no means publicly recognized himself as a consultant of the Mukkulathor group. In truth, he was among the many first chief from a dominant group to garland the statue of ‘Tyagi’ Immanuel Sekaran, a Dalit chief.