Jaya tastes record victory: thanks people, party cadre; slams DMK
Beating the trend in Tamil Nadu’s political history of the past three decades, the ruling AIADMK headed by Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa is all set to create history by retaining power as it had established leads in more than 135 constituencies, as counting of votes polled in 232 seats in the May 16 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections continued today, amid tight security.
Jaya tastes record victory: thanks people, party cadre; slams DMK – In a statement, she said, “I thank each one of you, including my brothers and sisters in the party, for ensuring the AIADMK’s success in the elections, and helping me create history with consecutive wins”.
“I am overwhelmed by the resounding victory the people of Tamil Nadu have given us. My party and I are indebted to the people of Tamil Nadu for giving this historic victory,” a beaming Jayalalithaa said even as hundreds of supporters swarmed her house.
“This is one election that has exposed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)’s lie-filled campaign. It is also credited to have brought an end to dynasty politics, and a fitting reply to those who relied on opinion and exit polls. It has also showed the power of an honest and vibrant democracy,” she added.
Greetings poured in on Jayalalithaa from various quarters, as soon as the trends predicted a huge victory for her party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned the Chief Minister and congratulated her. Governor K Rosaiah and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too have greeted the AIADMK supremo.
Among others, AIADMK had promised prohibition in a phased manner, free 100 units of electricity, subsidy for women to buy scooter/moped and free mobile phones. Jayalalithaa, clad in her trademark green saree, said that while 10 parties had opposed her even as she had no major tie-up, “I had aligned with people” and believed in God. “The people did not let me down,” she said.