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AIADMK sweeps civic polls, DMK bites dust in Madurai
The J. Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK grabbed ten cities in Tamil Nadu in the civic elections and will have its mayors across all these cities. In a first, the AIADMK also ended DMK's 15-year rule in Madurai.

THE OPPOSITION DMK was left biting the dust in the recently concluded civic polls in Tamil Nadu as the ruling AIADMK clinched ten cities with its representatives as the Mayors. On the civic level, it is not that easy to defeat the AIADMK that came to power six months back after sweeping the assembly elections. The ten cities, which will have AIADMK Mayors, are Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Tirunelvelli, Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin and Vellore.


However, the win is also special for the AIADMK in Madurai, which has been acting as the fortress for the DMK since the last fifteen years. AIADMK’s victory ends the DMK’s regional autocracy set by its chief mentor MK Alagiri and further nurtured by PTR Palanivelrajan and T Kruttinan.

The ruling AIADMK also thrashed other regional parties like Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), which was forced to take a back seat in front of arch rivals DMK and AIADMK. As per information available on the State Election Commission’s website, AIADMK won 4,923 seats, of which 2,735 are town panchayat ward members; 1,352 municipalities' councillors; 277 town panchayats chairpersons, 209 municipal corporations' councilors and 74 municipalities chairpersons. The party also claimed 272 union wards at the panchayat level.
 


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