Tamil Nadu rural local body poll results Highlights: The ruling DMK and its alliance is set to register a sweeping victory in rural local body elections held in nine districts – in an ostensible boost to Chief Minister M K Stalin’s image of a “good governance” delivery. With a little more than 70 per cent of votes counted till late Tuesday evening, DMK was leading in nearly 1,100 seats of the total 1,381 panchayat union wards and all of the 140 district panchayat wards, indicating a likely victory of the ruling alliance. Votes were being counted at 74 counting centres under CCTV surveillance from Tuesday morning.
The main parties contesting the elections are the ruling DMK and its principal opposition AIADMK. The Left parties who are part of the DMK-led alliance are contesting alone in several districts. The Pattali Makkal Katchi is contesting on its own in all nine districts, and the BJP is contesting alone in the Kallakurichi district.
Meanwhile, The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) at an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in Mappedu village in neighbouring Tiruvallur district. The project, which will come up on 158 acres, is the first such one to be established in the State and it will facilitate employment opportunities to about 10,000 youths, Chief Minister M K Stalin, in whose presence the MoU was signed, said.
Claiming that the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu was ‘worsening’, the BJP state unit on Tuesday requested the state Governor RN Ravi to “instruct” the ruling DMK to focus on controlling the situation. A delegation of BJP leaders, led by its state unit president K Annamalai, met Ravi and handed over a petition, highlighting some recent “disturbing events”, including the killing of a woman college student here and the beheading of a woman in Dindigul district.