The election results in Tamil Nadu were the outcome of the severe anti-incumbency wave against the ADMK and while most of the ministers had escaped in the wave by securing a victory in their respective constituencies, about a dozen senior ADMK ministers had seen devastation for their political careers by conceding the defeat to the DMK candidates.
The results were indeed an utter shock for the ADMK leaders and the unprecedented debacle has put the political spotlight on these ministers to hang in balance. The anti-incumbency wave had poured a landslide victory for the DMK alliance and as MK Stalin is inching closer to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and form the next government in the state, let's take a look at the ADMK ministers who lost the race to their rivals,
D Jayakumar - Fisheries Minister (Royapuram constituency):
Being known as a mouthpiece and informal spokesperson for Edappapdi Palaniswami, Jayakumar, who was also the former assembly speaker, had lost Royapuram, after winning from this constituency four times consecutively. Jayakumar's defeat had heavily disturbed the ADMK leaders. He lost the race to DMK's R Murthy, who is the first timer in the assembly. Murthy has secured over 50% of the total votes while Jayakumar had ended up securing only 30%.
Mafoi Pandiarajan - Tamil Language and Culture Minister (Avadi):
Pandiarajan is one of the ADMK ministers to lose the race in Chennai and he lost the battle to DMK's Nasser. While the minister had got 31.57% of the votes, Nasser has secured 49.94%. By defeating Pandiarajan, DMK's Nasser will be entering the assembly for the first time.
Benjamin - Sports and Youth Welfare Minister (Maduravoyal):
Another ADMK Minister to lose the constituency in the outskirts of Chennai, Benjamin ended the race second while DMK candidate Karambakkam Ganapathi took over the constituency by securing over 17% of votes than the incumbent. Benjamin eyed to win the constituency for the second consecutive time and he only secured 31.57% of the votes while Ganapathy has got 49.94%. Like Murthy, Ganapathy is also the first timer for the assembly.
CVe Shanmugam - Law and Prisons Minister (Villupuram):
Shanmugam was one of the powerful ministers of the ADMK, but he was not on the wishlist of the Villupuram voters as they had picked DMK's Lakshmanan as their choice to represent the constituency for the next five years. Lakshmanan has got 50% of the vote share while Shanmugan has got 42.66%. As Lakshmanan goes to the assembly, it's 'better luck next time' for Shanmugam.
Vellamandi Natarajan - Tourism Minister (Tiruchirappalli East):
He is one of the lesser-known ministers in the ADMK and with the defeat, he will further lose his prominence in the party and in the state. Natarajan was defeated by DMK's first time candidate Inigo Irudayaraj. The DMK candidate has secured 54% of the vote share while the minister ended up getting 23% of the vote share.
Rajendra Balaji - Milk and Dairy Development Minister (Rajapalayam):
Being one of the ministers close to controversy, Rajendra Balaji had contested from Rajapalayam this time after a tussle with Rajavarman, the ADMK leader who then joined AMMK after getting rejected with the ticket. Rajendra Balaji aimed to win the election and to rise against Rajavarman in his home district of Virudhunagar. However, despite a hard-fought campaign, Rajendra Balaji had lost the race to DMK's Thangapandian in a margin of close to 4000 votes. Thangapandian has become the MLA of Rajapalayam for the second consecutive time. One happy news for Rajendra Balaji, his rival Rajavarman had also lost the election.
MC Sampath - Industries Minister (Cuddalore):
Sampath has lost the race to DMK's Iyappan by the margin of 5,000 votes. Iyappan has secured 84,543 votes while Naam Tamilar Katchi's candidate Jaladeepan has secured 9490 votes and came third in the race.
MR Vijayabaskar - Transport Minister (Karur):
For being the constituency of witnessing a heavy battle, Karur was one of the star constituencies in Tamil Nadu where former Transport Minister Senthil Balaji, who contested in DMK's ticket, had raced against the then sitting Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar. The race was tight and close to call and while Vijayabaskar kept the lead in the initial trend, Senthil Balaji had eventually won the race with a margin of over 12,000 votes.
KC Veeramani - Commercial Taxes Minister (Jolarpet):
One of the ADMK ministers to have a sign of respite in the early trends, KC Veeramani had begun witnessing a sudden drop in the lead and went behind his contender DMK's Devaraji. After 24 hours of counting, Veeramani had conceded the defeat to the DMK candidate in the margin of 906 votes.
VM Rajalakshmi - Adi Dravida Welfare Minister (Sankarankovil):
One of the women ADMK Ministers, Rajalakshmi had faced a huge setback in the results as the voters of her constituency had picked DMK's Raja as their choice rather than the minister and she has lost the race to Raja, who faced the elections for the first time. Raja defeated Rajalakshmi by a margin of 5,354 votes.
V Saroja - Social Welfare Minister (Rasipuram):
Saroja has lost the race to DMK's Madhivendhan. The DMK was leading Rasipuram, which is a crucial seat in the Namakkal district, from the initial trend. According to the data from the Election Commission, Madhivendhan has secured 90,727 votes while Saroja had ended up getting 88,775 votes. While Madhivendhan has secured a 46.08% vote share, the minister has got a 45.09% vote share.
Apart from these ministers, other ministers had tasted the victory in the respective constituencies. Edappadi Palaniswami (Edappadi), Panneerselvam (Bodinayakannur), SP Velumani (Thondamuthur), Thangamani (Kumarapalayam), Sengottaiyan (Gobichetipalayam), C Vijayabaskar (Viralimalai), RB Udhayakumar (Thirumangalam), Dindigul Srinivasan (Dindigul), Sevoor Ramachandran (Arani) and OS Manian (Vedaranyam) had won the election.