CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ ■ HYDERABAD MONDAY MAY 03, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION M K Stalin TAMIL NADU WEST BENGAL KERALA ASSAM DMK+ 157 (+59) ADMK+ 77 (-59) MNM 0 Others 0 TMC 214(+3) BJP 76 (+73)Others 2 LDF+ 87(+3) UDF+ 42 (-3)BJP 0 Others 11 NDA 72(-2) UPA 52 (+1)Others 2 SWING FACTOR SWING FACTOR SWING FACTOR SWING FACTOR AIADMK: 33.5 (-7.4) DMK: 37.7 (+6.3) TMC: 47.9 (+3), BJP: 38.1 (+28.1), CPI(M) 4.7 (-15), Congress 3 (-9.3) CPI(M): 25.1 (-1.6), Congress: 24.8 (+1) BJP: 11.3 (+0.7) BJP: 32.2% (+2.7%), Cong: 29.7% (-1.2%), AIUDF 8.8% (-4.2%), AGP: 8.3% (+0.2%) 234 292 140 126 Mamata Banerjee Pinarayi Vijayan Top section shows the number of seats in which a party or alliance is leading or has PUDUCHERRY been declared the 30 winner by the EC. NRC+ 16 (+4) The bottom part DMK+ 8 (-9)Others 6 indicates share of votes won and the SWING FACTOR brackets. Cong: 15.5% (-15.1%), AIADMK: 4.2% swing invalid as Figures (-12.2%), BJP: 12.6 (10.2%), INRC: 27% of 10:30 pm ZERO Sarbananda Sonowal IS THE SCORE CARD OF THE ONCE MIGHTY CPI(M)-LED LEFT FRONT IN BENGAL. ITS ALLIANCE PARTNER, THE CONGRESS, TOO GOT ZILCH. THE BJP LOST ITS SOLE SEAT IN KERALA TO SCORE A DUCK THIS TIME (-1.1%), DMK: 18.7% (9.8%) SAFFRON CURVE FLATTENED AFTER A DECADE IN WAITING, SON RISES ON THE DMK HORIZON S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai IT was a well-fought battle, defying predictions of a “clean sweep” and springing quite a few surprises in the process. Out of power for a decade, the DMK finally managed to dethrone its Dravidian rival by a comfortable margin. MK Stalin, who has been waiting in the sidelines for the last several years, is all set to swear-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the State. At 68, he would be the oldest firsttime Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This is the first time in 25 years that the DMK has secured a majority on its own. For AIADMK, the defeat was not as bad as predicted. It would be the strongest AIADMK Opposition in the history of State Assembly, which indicates that the anti-incumbency factor was not as close as it was predicted. The biggest takeaway, however is this: Tamil Nadu has, once again, decisively, shut the doors on the so-called “Third Front.” Self-proclaimed centrist Kamal Haasan’s party, MNM, scored a duck, with even the actor himself losing the race. Instead, Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi emerged as the underdog, in the third place. BJP put up a poor show compared to its national rival Congress. However, the saffron party did manage to get MLAs elected into the State Assembly after decades. The Congress, meanwhile, put up an impressive show, winning 16 out of the 25 seats in which it contested. “This is a vote for change,” says veteran journalist G Kubendran. “Caste politics has been voted out, as sitting minis- Congratulations to Mamata Didi... The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic Narendra Modi, PM DMK cadre at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai is jubilant as the party leads in most constituencies in the State on Sunday | ASHWIN PRASATH ters including MC Sampath, CVe Shanmugam and KC Veeramani have lost despite the last-minute i n t e r n a l q u o t a g ive n t o Vanniyars.” Edappadi K Palaniswami, however, managed to retain his Kongu belt forte. The same pro-AIADMK sentiment did not resonate in Southern districts, considered to be a bastion of O Panneerselvam. The capital city and its surrounding districts gave a resounding mandate to DMK, with the party winning almost all seats here. “The election victory is the result of hardwork put in by Stalin,” said another scribe, T Koodalarasan. This election will go down in history for one more reason, for the thumping victory of Udhayanidhi Stalin, the heir-apparent of the DMK. The winning mojo rubbed off on Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha bypoll too, with Congress candidate Vijay Vasanth leading the race. MORE ON PAGE 5 NDA SCRIPTING HISTORY IN PUDUCHERRY Puducherry: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), for the first time in history, is set to form the government in Puducherry, a Congress bastion. The alliance, led by All India NR Congress (AINRC), is projected to win more than 15 seats in the 30-member Assembly. While the AINRC won 10 seats, the BJP has won three and is leading in three seats. It is to be noted that most of the BJP candidates who won were Congress turncoats WINNERS U D H AYA N I D H I S TA L I N 93,285 Beat Kassali A V A of PMK by 69,355 votes from Chepauk (TN) BY-ELECTION RESULTS PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES Winner AP (Tirupati) YSRC Karnataka (Belgaum) BJP Kerala (Malappuram) TN (Kanniyakumari) Party position Retains seat Beats Congress IUML (UDF) Retains seat Leading in Cong race ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES Cong Party position Previous MLA was disqualified Retains seat Beats Congress Leading in race Leading in race BJP Leading in race ZPM BJP Cong Cong Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat TRS Retains seat BJP Leading in race Winner Gujarat (Morva Hadaf) BJP Jharkhand (Madhupur) Karnataka (Basavakalyan) Karnataka (Basavakalyan) Madhya Pradesh (Damoh) Maharashtra (PandharpurMangalvedha) Mizoram Rajasthan (Rajsamand) Rajasthan (Sahada) Rajasthan (Sujangarh) Telangana (Nagarjuna Sagar) Uttarakhand (Ganga Pancholi) JMM BJP Cong WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH K K SHAILAJA 96,129 beat Illikkal Augusthy of RSP by 60,963 votes from Mattannur (Kerala) H I M A N TA S A R M A 1,30232 beat Romen Borthakur of Congress by 1,01,911 votes from Jalukbari (Assam) Respect the verdict of people of Nandigram, but we have got a landslide victory... Bengal has saved India today — Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister QUICK BYTES I will be truthful to you, I will work for you, my thoughts and deeds would be for the people of this state M K Stalin, DMK chief We humbly accept the people’s mandate. Sincere gratitude to our workers & the millions of people who supported us on the ground. We will continue to fight for our values and ideals Rahul Gandhi, Cong leader FEW TAKERS FOR NOTA The ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option was exercised by about 1.22% voters in Assam, 0.5% in Kerala, 1.3% in Puducherry, 0.78% in Tamil Nadu, and 1.1% in West Bengal as last reports came in EC UPSET OVER PROCESSIONS The EC complained to parties that its ban on victory processions during and after counting of votes is being flouted, and directed them to restrain their workers from violating Covid19 norms Mamata tsunami in Bengal; BJP manages to hold Assam H KHOGEN SINGH, PRANAB M O N D A L & P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ New Delhi/Kolkata/Guwahati SOON after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee injured her left foot in Nandigram, allegedly at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party she often , referred to herself as a wounded Bengal tiger. Ranged against her was the combined might of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and the seemingly unstoppable BJP election juggernaut. But in the end, it was the saffron party that was left to licks its wounds as Mamata won the election khela of the decade at a canter. At the time of going to the press the Trinamool Congress had won or was leading in 215 of the 294 Assembly seats in the state. The BJP, its principal rival, was way behind at 75 seats and far short from its projected 200. The election results were also a reversal of the 2019 Lok Sabha election results: when translated into Assembly seats, the BJP was ahead in 121. The 2019 results had upped the BJP’s tail and it had hoped to build on it to mount a challenge, after it made deep inroads into the Dalit-dominated Junglemahal and north Bengal. In Junglemahal, the BJP led in 21 of the 27 seats in 2019, in north Bengal the saffron party led in 35 of the 54 seats. But this time the results got reversed. The Trinamool won 20 seats in Junglemahal and 27 in north Bengal. TMC activists celebrate the party’s win in South Dinajpur district on Sunday | PTI A prominent feature of the West Bengal elections was that it became a two-horse race between the Trinamool and the BJP, reducing the Left Front and the Congress as mere also-rans. The Left, which ruled the state for 34 years before Mamata’s advent, and the Congress failed even to open their accounts. Their candidates fell like nine pins even in their strongholds of Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur comprising 49 seats. The Trinamool secured leads in 38 seats mainly because of consolidation of the minority voters, which are deciding factors in the region. The traditional minority vote bank of the Congress and the Left in the four districts shifted its loyalty to the ruling party because of the BJP’s Hindutva rhetoric. CONTINUED ON P8 Nandigram swung like a pendulum E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata NANDIGRAM, the epicentre of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections in East Midnapore, witnessed a nailbitter drama on who would be the winner—chief minister Mamata Banerjee or her once trusted lieutenant-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari. The drama continued till the last round when news of Mamata’s victory came in but minutes later, Suvendu’s victory by 1,622 votes was announced. The Trinamool then said from its official Twitter handle, “The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. P8 Please do not speculate.” LOSERS KAMAL HAASAN E SREEDHARAN 45,042 50,220 lost to BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan by 1,114 votes from CBE South (TN) lost to Congress’ Shafi Parambil 3,859 votes from Palakkad (Kerala) AISHE GHOSH 24,818 lost to TMC’s Hareram Singh by 46,184 votes from Jamuria (WB) Brand Pinarayi helps LDF script rare history, retain power in Kerala B S R E E J A N @ Thiruvananthapuram RIDING on the pro-incumbency wave, the Pinarayi Vijayanled Left Democratic Front (LDF) won the Assembly elections bagging 99 out of 140 seats. The LDF tally, which matches that of A K Antony- led UDF in 2001, is remarkable as it is rare for an incumbent government to win more seats than the last time. The LDF win is a personal victory for Vijayan as the CPM and CPI had benched many senior leaders including eight ministers to make room for newcomers. The resounding win in UDF strongholds underlines the theory that votes were cast for the good work of the government rather than the merit of individual candidates. The UDF, which tried to put up a strong fight with young faces, failed to cash in on the strategy A mix of poli. cies with the right combination of development and welfare measures helped the LDF. These include the implementation of Nava Kerala Mission projects, bringing radical changes in health and education sectors and housing for the poor, etc. The efficient handling of crises such as Nipah, flood and Covid was also a big factor. It also helped Pinarayi grow to become a cult figure among Keralites. The strategic retreat by the front in the Sabarimala women’s entry issue also helped. Pinarayi 2.0 will have to deal with tough challenges from Day One. The biggest worries will be the worsening Covid situation and empty coffers. Pinarayi has sought the support from all including the Opposition to take the state forward. KCR’s strategy pays off as Bhagath bags N’sagar seat EATALA DISMISSED FROM TS CABINET R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad THE new kid on the block, Nomula Bhagath, has made it. Leveraging on the mojo of Chief Minister K Chanrasekhar Rao, using the overwhelming support from the people of his Yadava caste and drawing heavily on his father Narasimhaiah’s legacy Bhagath could van, quish Congress’ seven-time MLA and a doughty leader — K Jana Reddy in the byelection for Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat by a margin of more than 18,000 votes. All through the counting process, Bhagath maintained a comfortable lead over his near- TRS leaders celebrate the pink party’s victory in Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Sunday est rival Jana Reddy as his hopes that the welfare schemes of the TRS government would see him through, came true. There are about 1.5 lakh people who are the beneficiaries of one or the other welfare scheme. This apart, KCR had announced a slew of lift irrigation projects for Nagarjuna Sagar, the long felt need of the farmers. After the declaration of the result, KCR, thanking the people, said: “I will complete all lift irrigation schemes in record time. I will visit the Nagarjuna Sagar constituency with Bhagath and address all the pending issues.” The icing on the cake for the TRS was that KCR, by ensuring the victory of software engineer-turned-advocate Bhagath, has helped the party establish that the BJP is a party of no consequence. CONTINUED ON P2 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad AS expected widely, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dismissed Eatala Rajaender from his Cabinet on Sunday evening. The action followed soon after the Medak District Collector submitted a report to the government on the allegations against the minister that he had encroached assigned lands and built sheds and buildings in two villages in Masaiapet mandal in Medak district, in violation of several Acts. The Chief Minister, after reportedly going through the contents of the report, advised Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to dismiss him from the Cabinet, which she immediately did. A communique from Raj Bhavan later confirmed the Governor’s action. The Chief Minister divested him of his medical and health portfolio on Saturday even as an inquiry ordered by him was in progress. CONTINUED ON P3
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