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|October 6, 1999||
NDA comfortably ahead in TN
The National Democratic Alliance in Tamil Nadu is set to capture at least 20 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu. The NDA has already won 14 of the 23 seats declared so far.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led Progressive Democratic Front has won 8 seats while the Communist Party of India-Marxist, a PDF constituent, won the Madurai seat.
Former Union ministers Murasoli Maran and T R Balu, both belonging to the DMK, won from Central Madras and South Madras constituencies, while C P Radhakrishnan of the BJP was declared elected from Coimbatore.
All India Congress Committee secretary Mani Shankar Aiyar won Mayiladuthurai, defeating his Pattali Makkal Katchi rival P T Arul by 40,447 votes.
P Mohan of the CPI-M won Madurai, where Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, who held the seat in the dissolved Lok Sabha, was relegated to the fourth position and lost his deposit. He secured a mere 20,000 votes.
Marumalarchi DMK General Secretary Vaiko won from Sivakasi, defeating his nearest rival -- former Supreme Court judge and AIADMK candidate -- Justice V Ramaswamy by 74,781 votes.
In Pudukottai S Thirunavukkarasu of the MGR-ADMK -- a constituent of the DMK-led alliance --- defeated his nearest rival S Singaravadivelu of the Congress by 64,300 votes.
T T V Dinakaran -- nephew of Sasikala Natarajan, close associate of Jayalalitha -- of the AIADMK won from Periyakulam, defeating the DMK's P Selvendran by 45,806 votes.
Tamil Maanila Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram lost Sivaganga -- from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha four times in a row -- by more than 100,000 votes.
In Tiruchirapalli Union Power Minister Rangarajan Kumaramangalam (BJP) defeated his Congress rival l Adikalraj by 89,044 votes. He retains the seat.
Congress candidate and former Union minister R Prabhu was trailing in Nilgiris.
In Pollachi, C Krishnan (MDMK) defeated his AIADMK rival M Thiagarajan by 9,515 votes. The MDMK wrests the seat from the AIADMK.
In Dindigul, C Sreenivasan (AIADMK) defeated his DMK rival S Chandrasekar by 20,343 votes. The party retains seat.
In Rasipuram, Dr V Saroja (AIADMK) defeated her Pattali Makkal Katchi rival S Uthayarasu by 38,405 votes. The AIADMK retained the seat.
In Tenkasi, S Murugesan (AIADMK) defeated his nearest DMK rival by just 887 votes. The AIADMK retains the seat.
In Krishnagiri, former Union law minister M Thambidurai of the AIADMK was defeated by the DMK's V Vetriselvan by 31,724 votes. The DMK wrests the seat from the AIADMK.
In Tiruchengode, MDMK treasurer and former state minister M Kannapan defeated the AIADMK's K Palanisami by 48,000 votes and wrested the seat for his party.
In Nagercoil, Pon Radhakrishnan (BJP) defeated sitting Congress MP N Dennis (TMC) by 145,643 votes. The BJP wrests the seat from the TMC.
The TMC, which led a Third Front in the state, is likely to draw a blank.
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