Chennai, Oct 21: The ruling AIADMK dealt its archrival, the DMK, a stunning blow by capturing the Chennai mayoral post. AIADMK candidate Saidai Duraisamy trounced his nearest DMK rival, M Subramanian, by a massive margin of 5,19,747 votes.
Duraisamy secured 12,40,340 votes, against 7,20,593 by sitting Mayor Subramanian.
The DMK had always considered Chennai city as its citadel. It had managed to secure most of the seats in Chennai even during the worst of times. Its top leaders had always preferred to contest from Chennai.
However, in recent times, the DMK has lost ground in the state capital, and its top leaders had moved out of their constituencies in the May Assembly elections, and sought safer pastures outside the city proper.
The DMDK finished third in the Chennai mayoral election this time, and the Congress, fourth.
Duraisamy called on his party leader and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and sought her blessings. He is expected to be sworn in as Mayor on October 25. He was congratulated by Jayalalithaa for his spectacular victory with a margin of over 5 lakh votes.