AIADMK, DMK to focus on upcoming assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu
Election commission on Sunday (March 11) announced dates for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. However, in Tamil Nadu, the focus of both the AIADMK(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the DMK(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) will be on the upcoming assembly bypolls.
Tamil Nadu currently has 21 vacant seats in the state assembly. Post the Chief Election Commissioner's press conference, the Chief Electoral Officer in Tamil Nadu Satyabrata Sahoo addressed the media. He said that the election commission will hold bypolls in only 18 constituencies in the state. Ottapidaram, Tirupparankundrama and Aravakurichi will not have by-elections due to cases pending before the Madras High Court.
Elections will be held in 18 constituencies on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha elections. AIADMK and the DMK will be contesting the election without former Chief Ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.
The AIADMK definitely has a lot more at stake because these elections will define whether they have a majority in the state assembly or not.
The total strength of the Tamil Nadu Assembly is 234. With the demise of DMK MLA M Karunanidhi and AIADMK MLA AK Bose, the number is reduced to 232 including the speaker.
DMK(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam): 88
Congress: 8 (Allies with DMK)
Muslim League: 1(Allies with DMK)
Disqualified MLA: 19 (18, who were disqualified by the speaker + Balakrishna Reddy from Hosur)
Independent MLA: 1 (TTV Dinakaran)
MLAs in support of TTV: 5 (Thammeemun Ansari, Kalaichelvan, Prabhu, Rathinasabapathy, Karunas)
AIADMK(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam): 109
While the AIADMK has definitely formed a mega alliance with the NDA government, it still needs its comfortable majority back at home turf to prove that they indeed have the mandate of the people.