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Family domination major cause of DMK defeat: study

Special Correspondent

Chennai: “First family domination in political affairs” was the major cause of the defeat of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in the Assembly elections, according to the findings of a ‘people studies poll' conducted by Loyola College volunteers from May 21 to 29 and June 11 to 15. As many as 3,132 persons drawn from all districts voiced their views.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, S. Rajanayagam, Professor, People Studies, said while 49.7 per cent of the respondents blamed family politics for the DMK's drubbing in polls, corruption in government departments, 2G spectrum allocation scam, power cut and price rise were the other reasons cited.

For the failure of the Congress, 61.5 per cent respondents found its ‘double role' in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as the major cause. At the same time, the poll revealed that 44.2 per cent said that they voted for the AIADMK as they wanted a change of guard.

The impressive performance of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam was because of its alliance with the AIADMK, said more than 52 per cent. Those who imposed faith in DMDK founder Vijayakant worked out to about 22 per cent.

While more than 36 per cent of the respondents felt that the DMK and the Congress would part ways soon, 23 per cent felt there was a serious rift. About 14 per cent felt that the alliance would continue.

Change of the Secretariat, constitution of a committee to inquire into the construction of the new secretariat building, marriage assistance and gold for thali, hike in old age pension, distribution of free rice and plans to give mixers, grinders and laptops were overwhelmingly welcomed by people. Nationalisation of cable TV received the approbation of more than 90 per cent.

Several respondents found fault with the delay in implementation of the ‘Samacheer Kalvi.' The new health insurance scheme and increase in working hours of liquor shops did not receive a positive response.

The poll had a separate section on Sri Lankan Tamils issue. More than 64 per cent of respondents said that a separate Eelam alone would be the lasting solution.

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